Proper Cocktail Hump Day: Vieux Carré

Achievement: #67. Craft Cocktail Lab

Proper Cocktail Hump Day returns with our third installment of the year. Lent is just around the corner, but before Ash Wednesday comes that storied day of debauchery: Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday. In light of that, we decided to make something New Orleans-inspired–something full of flavor and packing a strong punch. It was clear to us that only a Vieux Carré would suffice.

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Named for New Orleans’ famed French Quarter and accented with New Orleans-created Peychaud’s bitters, the Vieux Carré is deceptively smooth, but very potent. The recipe can vary slightly from source to source, but here’s how we did it:

3/4 oz rye whiskey
3/4 oz cognac
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
1 barspoon Bénédictine
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
stir with ice, strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube

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And voilà! Simply put, this drink brings it. Come Tuesday, have a big, rich dinner and follow it up with one of these bad boys. You’ll thank me later!

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