Drinks to Impress: Vieux Carré

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The first thing to note about the Vieux Carré is how to pronounce it.  Similar to the moscow mule and its fashionable mug, most of the impressive part is being able to say it correctly, which is actually a bit of a conundrum.  While Vieux Carré is actually French (meaning “old quarter”), it’s referencing the original area of New Orleans, also known as the French Quarter.  So, it’s perfectly acceptable to pronounce the drink as voo cah-ray, rolling the ‘r’ a bit.  Take a listen at howjsay for some help.

Once you’ve got that down, you’ll sound cool as shit and impress with this super easy to make drink.


1oz Rye Whiskey
1oz Cognac
1oz Sweet Vermouth
1tsp Benedictine
2 dashes bitters

Add ice and pour all ingredients into glass, stir with bar spoon.

vieux-carre-mixedNow, in all honesty, I didn’t have rye on hand for some reason, so I substituted bourbon, which I feel added a bit more sweetness to the drink.  I also added a maraschino cherry for garnish (and add a bit more sweetness), though a brandied cherry would likely be a nice addition too.

Overall, this drink is very alcohol forward, making it a bit on the strong side.  However, with the addition of the maraschino cherry, it really helped offset the cognac.  I would definitely recommend this for friends who are fans of Manhattans or Old Fashioneds, as it has similar characteristics, while also setting it apart.  This will definitely be part of my typical whiskey cocktail rotation.

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