The Vieux Carré is a classic, complex standard bearer of New Orleans cocktails. It’s made with a potent and beguiling blend of brandy and rye, bitters, Benedictine, and vermouth — a combination that warms your blood and enlivens your spirit.
Strong and rich in flavor, with a rosy hue, this is a fine-featured statement of a cocktail, a must-have and must-perfect for any home bartender.
WHAT IS A VIEUX CARRÉ ?
Typically pronounced “voo-kah-ray” in New Orleans, the Vieux Carré is full-flavored and boozy. It’s made with a nearly equal parts mix of rye whiskey, cognac, and vermouth, all elevated by the herbal, spiced, dark honey taste of Benedictine. Dashes of both Angostura and Peychaud’s bitters – the two most iconic and foundational aromatics – add notes of anise, clove, and even nutmeg; these are sensed more than tasted, but indispensable…