Recipe – Vieux Carré

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The Vieux Carré cocktail is a New Orleans invention; the drink was first mixed at Hotel Monteleone, a New Orleans tippling landmark (now known as the home of Carousel Bar). Vieux Carré is French for “Old Square” and refers to the French Quarter of New Orleans where Hotel Monteleone is located. The first lucky bar patrons were served the drink in the 1930s, and the Vieux Carré was included in Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ‘Em in 1937.

It’s a rich and luxurious drink, providing in liquid form the character so often associated with New Orleans home, and the extravagance of Mardi Gras.

Like Alex and I, many of you may struggle with proper pronunciations, this one sounds like, “VOO ka-RAY.”

Vieux Carré (original)

Method

Combine all ingredients over ice in a mixing glass, stir well. Stain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a cherry.

Vieux Carré (single liquor variation)

Method

Combine all ingredients over ice in a mixing glass, stir well. Stain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a cherry.


[i] Rye whiskey by definition has at least 51 percent rye in the mash bill (the distilled grains that make the spirit). There are lots of different rye whiskeys out there that have near the bare minimum, while others are 90 percent or more rye. For this drink, we prefer the rye whiskeys with high rye content because they tend to be spicier and the flavors meld better with the Benedictine and Cognac.

Vieux Carré photo by Adrian Scottow

 

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