The French Quarter in New Orleans has brought us a significant number of classic cocktails. In French, “Vieux Carré” means “Old Square” referring to the French Quarter where this cocktail was first crafted in the 1930’s at the famous Carousel Bar by bartender Walter Bergeron. It is strong drink, balanced with a bit of sweetness and finished with a touch of spice. The marriage of ingredients makes for a richly flavored cocktail with loads of New Orleans character. Laissez le bon temps rouler!
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add:
– 3/4 ounce Rye Whiskey (we like Sazarac)
– 3/4 ounce Cognac (any well-bred V.S. will suffice)
– 3/4 ounce Sweet Vermouth (Carpano Antica Formula is King!)
– 2 teaspoons Bénédictine liqueur
– 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
– 2 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Stir drink until well chilled. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.