The Vieux Carré was born sometime prior to 1937 in New Orleans at what would later become the Carousel Bar at the Monteleone Hotel. According to Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, the cocktail was named for the old French term for New Orleans’s French Quarter—le Vieux Carré—which means “The Old Square.”
With its stout rye-cognac background and herbal vermouth-Benedictine accents, the Vieux Carre is a Cocktail Enthusiast favorite. They taste great at home, but every year at Tales of the Cocktail we’re sure to score a couple at the Carousel Bar.
1 ounce rye whiskey
1 ounce cognac
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 teaspoon Benedictine
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice, then strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.