Vieux Carré Recipe

Born in New Orleans, this stiff cocktail of rye and Cognac is a drink to sip and savor.

Vicky Wasik

Named using the French term for what's now known as the French Quarter, the Vieux Carré traces its origin to the bar back in the 1930s, and first appeared in print in 1937, in Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix 'Em. With rye, Cognac, sweet vermouth, and plenty of bitters, it's as rich and decadent now as it was back then, and still remarkably evocative of the Big Easy. This weekend, raise a toast to New Orleans with one of the city's contributions to cocktail history.

Recipe Facts

Active: 2 mins
Total: 2 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 1/2 teaspoon Benedictine
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 3/4 ounce rye whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce cognac
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth


  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice; stir well for 20 seconds and strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Special equipment

Mixing glass, cocktail strainer