Cocktail Corner: Vieux Carré

A taste of New Orleans.

By Rose Andres, WAC Bartender

Some people refer to New Orleans as the birthplace of the cocktail, and many great drinks can trace their roots back to The Big Easy. The Vieux Carré  is a great example. Named for New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood—the French Quarter—the Vieux Carré  (pronounced voo-car-ay) was invented at the famed Hotel Monteleoneís Carousel Bar. Head bartender Walter Bergeronís sophisticated and potent concoction quickly became popular for its complex and unique flavor. Nowadays, it’s considered a New Orleans classic. You can still visit Hotel Monteleone, where you can sit on the carousel within the grand old building and sip on this Southern star. New Orleans’ cocktail history is rich enough to fill a weekís vacation. If you donít have time, try this recipe instead or order one at Torchy’s. Cheers!

Vieux Carré

  • ¾ oz. cognac
  • ¾ oz. rye
  • ¼ oz. Bénédictine liqueur
  • ¾ oz. sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Pour all ingredients over ice. Stir and strain into a coupe glass and garnish with an orange twist. Note: A martini glass will work in a pinch.

As published in the May/June 2017 issue of WAC Magazine.

—Posted May 12, 2017

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