Ginuary 27th: Army Barrel.

WELP, this wasn’t supposed to happen. But it was delicious, and that’s always the end goal, so here’s to wonderful mistakes.

Army Barrel

  • 60ml barrel aged gin (I used Four Pillars)
  • 40ml fresh lemon juice
  • 20ml orgeat syrup


Shake all ingredients over ice, then strain and serve in a cocktail glass with a dash of Angostura bitters floating on the top.


A delicious mistake.

A delicious mistake.

Looks good, right? Sounds good too, yes?

Cocktail buffs, have you spotted yet what I’ve done?

Let me give you the answer in any case, because I’m not going to leave you hanging. Funny story. A few weeks ago I went searching for some cocktails that used navy strength gin, because I wanted to make the most of the fact that I have some in the cupboard this year. I found this blog post and pinned it, and once I got some orgeat it was back in the game. That there is a recipe for the Army & Navy cocktail—a cocktail that was first printed around 1948 but existed who knows how much longer before that. But it’s not the common recipe you’ll find around the traps, speaking of 1948. That drink looks more like 60ml gin, 15ml lemon and half that orgeat—but it’s also not specifying navy strength, so maybe the Four Pillars guys took that into consideration when altering the recipe. I’ll reckon so.

But none of that really matters anyway, because after a very long day at work today I grabbed the Four Pillars Barrel Aged instead of the Four Pillars Navy Strength, and I guess I made an Army Barrel instead of an Army & Navy.

But it all worked out well in the end because how could it not be delicious when it’s so nice and simple? And the world needs more ways to play with barrel aged gin anyway. I’d be inclined to play around more with the measures in the future, but at the same time, this really was tasty, so would I really? Would you?