Gallery: Making Barrel-Aged Manhattans at Stephanie Izard's Girl and the Goat

Where it All Happens
Where it All Happens

The official "Goat Bandit" barrel from Buffalo Trace.

First, open some bottles
First, open some bottles

It takes a lot of bourbon and vermouth (about 63 gallons) to fill an entire barrel.

The First Bottle
The First Bottle

The first bottle of Goat Bandit to go in the barrel. As you can see from the spill, getting bourbon into a barrel isn't quite an exact science.

Adding the Vermouth
Adding the Vermouth

Schiller alternated adding the vermouth and the bourbon, so the mixing would be easier. His vermouth of choice: Dolin.

It Takes a Lot
It Takes a Lot

For a home bartender, it's hard to imagine just how much booze is necessary to complete a project like this.

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