In the Spirit of Mardi Gras: New Orleans

Few cities have as much cocktail caché as New Orleans. Home of the Sazerac, Mint Julip and Ramos Gin Fizz. Below is a cocktail on the rise, which is reminiscent of the Manhattan, but less sweet and more aromatic. This is a great cocktail to practice your stir technique - wherein you stir ingredients with ice to bring the temperature down and release a bit of water.

Vieux Carré
1 or 3/4 oz rye whiskey

1 or 3/4 oz Cognac
1 or 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
1 teaspoon Bénédictine D.O.M.
2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Mix all ingredients in a double Old Fashioned Drink and stir.

Invented in 1938 by Walter Bergeron, the head bartender at the Monteleone Hotel
in New Orleans (one of the oldest in the Quarter), and named after the French term for what they call "The French Quarter" ... le Vieux Carré ("Old Square").

For more New Orleans magic, I urge to you visit the Gumbo Pages here.

Part One, Act One from Tennessee Williams "Vieux Carr
Writer: Once this house was alive, it was occupied once. In my recollection it still is but by shadowy occupants like ghosts. Now they enter the lighted areas of my memory.

Bon ton roulet!

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