If, like us, you’re a fan of Old Fashioneds, partial to Manhattans and that kind thing, then this drink most definitely has your name on it.
Big, bold and best enjoyed late in the evening this is a true cognac classic.
The Vieux Carré
There are a few things you might like to know about the Vieux Carré. First up, pronunciation. Say something that sounds a bit like Vooo-car-ray and you’re in the right kind of place. Secondly, it literally translates from the French for ‘Old Square’, named after the New Orleans French Quarter where it originated. We’ll just add that it’s credited to New Orleans bartender Walter Bergeron from the late 1930s and we’re pretty much done with the history side of things.
As for the drink itself the H by Hine gets together with rye whiskey and red vermouth like three old friends hanging out together. None of them takes over but together they compliment each other exceptionally well. Meanwhile, a little Bénédictine, like the bitters, acts as a kind of seasoning. The Bénédictine is quite an intense ingredient so you might want to start with a little less than stated in the recipe, stir and taste, then maybe add some more if required.
Serve it in your favourite rocks glass with a neatly cut lemon twist and you’re good to go.
25ml H by Hine cognac
25ml rye whiskey
25ml sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Stir all ingredients over ice. Strain into a Rocks glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a lemon twist.
If you like you can add a cherry but we kind of like everything just as it is.
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Read more about H by Hine in The Cocktail Lovers magazine