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New Orleans Vieux Carre Recipe

Invented in the Big Easy, the Vieux Carre is a classic cocktail. Sweet and bitter with a lovely smoothness, this cocktail is meant to be savored slowly. 
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vieux Carre
Appliance: Pitcher, Cocktail Shaker
Servings: 1 Serving


  • 3/4 oz rye whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Cognac
  • 3/4 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 oz Bénédictine
  • 4 dashes aromatic bitters Angostura & Peychaud's
  • maraschino cherry or lemon peel for garnish
  • ice


  • Measure out all the ingredients (apart from the garnish) in a pitcher. 
  • Add the ice and stir briskly till blended.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass or an old-fashioned glass. Make a small vertical incision at the bottom of the cherry. Place it over the rim of the glass and serve!
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