Vieux Carré

Vieux Carré, not only another  name for the French Quarter in New Orleans, it is also one of the best cocktail contributions to come from the city.  Pronounced (Voo-ca-RAY), it is a drink similar to the Sazarac but not quite as herbal.  Also with the absence of absinthe and addition of the vermouth and benedictine it make a much smoother and slightly sweet cocktail in comparison to the powerful Sazarac.

The addition of both bitters in this, along with the other ingredients give this drink a lot of balance.  Although the cognac and rye remain are the stars of the Vieux Carré, the benedictine and the bitters give it that very characteristic New Orleans flavor.  A cocktail that is as good at night as it is with breakfast; balanced, delicious, and complex to the end.

Vieux CarréFor this cocktail I would suggest a 100 proof rye, but less would be fine if you aren’t looking for that “bite” that a strong rye can deliver.

1 oz Rye
1 oz Cognac
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 barspoon Benedictine
2 dash Peychauds bitters2 dash Angostura bitters

Stir everything together on ice in a large glass, using the spoon that was used to measure the Benedictine, and strain into a chilled rocks glass.  I prefer to serve this over either a large cube of ice or a big sphere, but it would work equally well on normal ice, or even straight up.

Thoughts?