FORTUNATELY FOR SPIRITS ENTHUSIASTS, mixologists have figured out that the cocktail aging process adds a depth of flavor unattainable by any other method. For guests of SW Steakhouse in Wynn Palace in Cotai, a new barrel-aging program has just been launched to complement the restaurant’s American steakhouse theme. Based on American classics with twists around the idea of smoke, fire and wood, offerings include a gin-based Tuxedo No. 2 (aged four weeks), Chairman’s Cut (aged six weeks) with bourbon and rum, the classic Campari lover’s SW Negroni (aged six weeks) and a Perfect Manhattan (aged four weeks) with double rye and two vermouths. Aging helps to enhance and smooth out the edges of each spirit, creating a more rounded and complex character, adding a hint of butterscotch from the charred American oak barrels. SW has acquired 21 barrels, some of which will be aging drinks and spirits while others are being seasoned. Enjoy now, enjoy later!