Nouveau Carré Recipe

Paul Clarke

As I mentioned on Wednesday, the Mexican spirit known as sotol can be hard to track down in the U.S., and cocktail recipes calling for sotol—well, those are pretty much nonexistent.

But sotol and its cousin, tequila, aren't really so different; sure, they're made from different (though related) plants, but flavorwise they're quite similar, so it's simple enough to plug sotol into recipes that ordinarily call for tequila, especially those for spirit-forward drinks in which the nuanced flavor has a better chance to shine. Here's an excellent drink originally made with anejo tequila that's also worth trying with the gentle richness of aged sotol: the Nouveau Carré.

Inspired by the New Orleans classic Vieux Carré, the Nouveau Carré adds a couple of tweaks to the recipe, not only substituting anejo tequila for rye and cognac, but swapping the original's sweet vermouth for the light orangey brightness of Lillet.

Two remarkably similar versions of this drink exist, one from Jonny Raglin in San Francisco (at Absinthe at the time the drink debuted, Raglin now helms the bar at Comstock Saloon), and the other from Kacy Fitch at Zig Zag Café in Seattle; the recipe below splits the minor differences between the two, and also offers the alternative of substituting anejo sotol for the drink's original anejo tequila.

Recipe Details

Nouveau Carré Recipe

Active 1 min
Total 1 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 1 1/2 ounces anejo tequila (or anejo sotol)

  • 3/4 ounce Bénédictine

  • 1/4 ounce Lillet Blanc

  • 3 dashes Peychaud's bitters

  • Lemon twist, for garnish


  1. Combine tequila (or sotol), Benedictine, Lillet, and bitters in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until well chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into chilled coupe glass; twist lemon peel over drink and use as garnish.

Special Equipment

Mixing glass, bar spoon, strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
201 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 201
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 19mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)