Friday, June 14, 2013

Louisiana's Cocktail from the Vancouver Sun

Louisiana's Cocktail Culture from the Vancouver Sun


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Vieux Carre below

From Vancouver Sun This classic cocktail — whose name means the Old Square, the historic name for the French Quarter — was invented at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar in New Orleans in the 19th century. It was for many years lost to history, but was recently rediscovered, luckily for us. In his book, Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails (Quarry Books, 2009), author Ted Haigh recommends shaking it, but as an all-spirits drink, it should properly be stirred.
1 oz. rye whisky
1 oz. cognac or good brandy
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 generous bar spoon Benedictine
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Place all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir well with ice until diluted to your taste. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Serves one

Indeed, New Orleans is the birthplace of many of the world’s greatest drinks. At the top of that list is the Sazerac, the city’s official cocktail (rye whisky or cognac, sugar, Peychaud’s bitters, absinthe rinse). 

Many people believe it was the original cocktail, though it was invented about three decades after the word “cocktail” first appeared in print, back in 1806.
Then there are the Brandy Crusta,


 Ramos Gin Fizz,

 Brandy Milk Punch,

 A La Louisianne, 

Vieux Carré (see photo and recipe ABOVE in post)

and Absinthe Frappé, 

all invented in NOLA.

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