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Vieux Carré cocktail
Vieux Carré: a fairly dry cocktail from the 1930s.


For 1 person
3 cl rye whiskey
3 cl Cognac
3 cl vermouth rosso
1 cl Bénédictine
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

How to make

Technique: mixing glass / Glass: old-fashioned / Type: short drink (7cl) / Time: 4 mn
  1. Pour all the ingredients with a few ice cubes into a mixing glass.

  2. Stir with a mixing spoon.

  3. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.

  4. Garnish with a lemon zest.


The recipe for Vieux Carré was first published in 1938 in Famous New Orleans Drinks and how to mix 'em by Stanley Clisby Arthur. Its creator is Walter Bergeron, who was the head bartender of the Montelone cocktail lounge, an establishment located in New Orleans in the United States.

Walter Bergeron would have named his cocktail thus to honor the Vieux Carré, famous New Orlean's French Quarter (Louiane, USA).

In the original recipe published in 1938, Stanley Clisby Arthur indicates that the Vieux Carrés can be optionally decorated with a wedge of pineapple and a cherry in addition to lemon zest.

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