Vieux Carré Recipe

Rye Whiskey, Cognac, Bénédictine, Peychaud's Bitters, Angostura Bitters, Sweet Vermouth
Vieux Carré
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The Vieux Carré is a classic New Orleans cocktail, named after the city's legendary French Quarter itself. It's made with equal parts rye whiskey, cognac, and sweet vermouth, alongside a touch of Bénédictine and both Peychaud's and Angostura bitters, making for a complex and intriguing flavor profile.

The Vieux Carré 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—and also the host of the annual Tales of the Cocktail. Like the Sazerac, it's considered an essential New Orleans cocktail.

Vieux Carré Ingredients

0.75 oz rye whiskey
0.75 oz cognac
0.75 oz sweet vermouth
1 barspoon Bénédictine
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Cherry for garnish (optional)

How to make a Vieux Carré

  1. Add all ingredients except garnish to a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.
  2. If garnishing with a cherry, place it in a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Strain the drink into the chilled cocktail glass and serve.
Vieux Carré