Vieux Carré Recipe

Rye Whiskey, Cognac, Benedictine, Peychaud's Bitters, Angostura Bitters, Sweet Vermouth
Vieux Carré
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The Vieux Carré is a classic New Orleans cocktail that was named after the city's French Quarter. It is a staple of the famous Hotel Monteleone's Carousel Bar, a place known for its long list of famous literary guests, such as William Faulkner and Truman Capote. Each of the ingredients in a Vieux Carré helps deepen the cocktails rich, amber color that is flavorful, sweet, and aromatic.

Vieux Carré Ingredients

3/4 oz rye whiskey
3/4 oz cognac
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
4 dashes Benedictine
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 lemon twist (optionally replace with a maraschino cherry)

How to make a Vieux Carré

  1. Combine the rye whiskey, cognac, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, and both bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice.
  2. Stir well, and strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  3. Garnish with lemon twist, and serve.
  4. Alternatively, can substitute a rocks glass with ice and replace the lemon twist with a maraschino cherry.
Vieux Carré