Vieux Carré

Cocktail History

Vieux Carré is an iconic French-inspired cocktail that was first served over 80 years ago in the legendary Carousel Bar at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans. This cocktail, a deceptively complex mix of rye whiskey, cognac, sweet vermouth, and Benedictine, has developed a following of die-hard fans that can’t get enough of this unique flavor. Though its ingredients may not sound exciting on paper, Vieux Carré offers a joyful harmony of sweet and spice accents that burst on your tastebuds with every sip. It’s no wonder Vieux Carré is still enjoyed today.


  • 3/4 oz Cognac
  • 3/4 oz Whiskey
  • 4 dashes Aromatic Bitters
  • 2 tsp Bénédictine
  • 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • Garnish: Maraschino cherry or lemon peel

Cocktail Preparation

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass with a single cube. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or lemon peel.

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