This is the signature cocktail of the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, where Tales of the Cocktail was held. The Vieux Carré was created in 1938 by Walter Bergeron, then the head bartender. The name comes from the French name for the Old Quarter.
- 3/4 ounce rye whiskey
- 3/4 ounce cognac
- 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1/8 teaspoon Benedictine liqueur
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
- 1 lemon twist, for garnish
Fill an 8- to 10-ounce old-fashioned, or rocks, glass. with ice. Add the rye, cognac, vermouth, Benedictine and both bitters, and stir to mix well. Garnish with the lemon twist.
Adapted from "Mixing New Orleans," by Phillip Collier (Philbeau Publishing, 2007).
Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.
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