Vieux Carre'

  • ½ tsp        Benedictine
  • 2 dashes   Bitters
  • ⅓ parts     Rye whiskey
  • ⅓ parts     Cognac
  • ⅓ parts     Italian Vermouth
Add all the ingredients together in a shaker with ice and stir. Pour the ingredients in a chilled glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

Part of New Orleans’ appeal is its rich, romantic and torrid history.  Some of this charm is reflected in its architecture and the most concentrated evidence of its history is found in the French Quarter or the 'Old Square' (Vieux Carre'), as they once called it. Visually, this city provides an endless source of inspiration for a creative mind where the layers of history and culture within the French Quarter are like a finely detailed tapestry that you never tire of. 

A unique way to consume this city's history came fittingly from the edge of the Quarter, at the Hotel Monteleone, the home of the whimsical ‘Carousel Bar’.  It was here, that the Vieux Carre’ cocktail was created by Walter Bergeron who wanted to pay homage to the 'Old Square' that gives residents and visitors a glimpse into another space and time. 

One sip of this smooth elixir might arouse some creativity, and just like many others, you too may succumb to this charming cocktail and city.