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Vieux Carré: Drink of the day from Tales of the Cocktail

Vieux Carré

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The first official cocktail of my Tales of the Cocktail experience was a New Orleans classic – the Vieux Carré – which was invented at the Hotel Monteleone in the 1930’s (that is also where I was lucky enough to drink it). Vieux Carré literally means “old square”, but in this case it refers to the French Quarter of the city.  It’s a complex, delicious drink, and savoring it from the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Lounge, which slowly revolves around the bartenders as you sit there, is a wonderful, if slightly dizzying, experience.

Vieux Carré
Serves one

1 oz. rye whiskey
1 oz. cognac
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 tsp. Benedictine
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes grenadine
Lemon twist

Add the ingredients above to an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice, stir gently, and serve.


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  • User avater
    DMickelsen | 07/13/2009

    I hope rye is on its way back... I love how it adds a bit of spice to drinks.

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    LisaWaddle | 07/10/2009

    Yikes, a rotating bar!
    So, is rye coming back or what?

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