Vieux Carré Cocktail


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Vieux Carré Cocktail

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Ingredients (8)

  • 3/4 ounce rye whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce Cognac
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 barspoon (1 teaspoon) Bénédictine liqueur
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 1 dash angostura bitters
  • Ice
  • Lemon twist, for garnish


Named for the French Quarter in New Orleans (a.k.a. the Vieux Carré), this sophisticated, spirits-driven cocktail is a lot like the Big Easy itself: a fun and potent blend of diverse elements.

What to buy: Bénédictine, a gold-colored liqueur first produced by Benedictine monks in the 16th century, adds a sweet, aromatic flavor to cocktails. Peychaud’s Bitters were created in New Orleans around 1830 by the Haitian apothecary Antoine Amédée Peychaud. They’re lighter, sweeter, and have a more floral aroma than angostura. Find both at well-stocked liquor stores.


  1. 1Place a cocktail glass in the freezer to chill.
  2. 2Into a mixing glass, measure the whiskey, Cognac, and vermouth.
  3. 3Add the Bénédictine liqueur.
  4. 4Add both bitters, then fill the mixing glass halfway with ice.
  5. 5Stir with a barspoon until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass.
  6. 6Rub the lemon twist around the rim of the glass, drop it in the cocktail, and serve.
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