Five Fall Cocktails to Warm the Soul

        Little Country Gentleman's smokey concoction. | Zach Garrison

The bar: Little Country Gentleman (8135 Maryland Avenue; 314-725-0719)

The drink: "37 ½"

Barkeep Jeffrey Moll Jr. serves the "37 ½" with a smokey flair that's sure to warm you to your core. Moll says the drink is one of his favorites because "it's layered, savory going into fruity and then a spiciness." It's definitely complex, combining bourbon, homemade crème de mure (a blackberry liquor), ginger liquor, the bitter Amaro Zuca, tincture white pepper and, finally, barbecue bitters. But the drink isn't complete until the smoking gun pulls in smoke from apple woodchips and infuses it into the cocktail glass. The rich aroma of smoky bourbon and herbs is followed by the warm taste of bourbon, barbecue and blackberry. (More on this delectable drink later this week.)

        Dressel's "Barrel-aged Manhattan." | Pat Kohm

The bar: Dressel's (419 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-1060)

The drink: Barrel-aged Manhattan

What's better than a classic manhattan cocktail? How about a barrel-aged manhattan. Dressel's ordered its own custom-made oak casks and filled one with 100-proof Rittenhouse Rye. Mixed with sweet vermouth and bitters (and a cherry, of course), this Manhattan is unbelievably mellow and smooth. On its own, the 100-proof would normally knock you off your feet, but, as barkeep Brandon Thomas explains, the aging process "calms it down, making the drink more mild and oaky at the finish." With more barrel-aged inspired drinks on the way, the fall cocktail menu (including the always popular "Hot Butter Rum") looks quite promising.

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