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.
|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)|
Preparation: How to make a Vieux Carré
- Combine the rye whiskey, cognac, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, and both bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice.
- Stir well, and strain into a chilled coupe glass.
- Garnish with lemon twist, and serve.
- Alternatively, can substitute a rocks glass with ice and replace the lemon twist with a maraschino cherry.