i had vieux carre on the brain after our fabulous trip to new orleans. this recipe comes straight from my favorite book of libations, bitters. and it features a local texas bourbon, so that’s cool. honestly, this is pushing the summer simplicity barrier at six ingredients, but it’s worth it. and there’s no muddling or garnishing required, so deal with it.
the vieux carre
1 ounce bourbon or rye
1 ounce cognac
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1/4 ounce benedictine
2 dashes angostura bitters
2 dashes peychaud’s bitters
measure all ingredients in a shaker with ice and stir with bar spoon briefly until chilled. strain into a chilled highball glass over ice. garnish with a lemon twist if you’re feelin’ fancy.
suggested album pairing: best of john coltrane*
*or you can geek out like we did and just listen to the game of thrones books on tape.