Vieux Carré: A Classic New Orleans Cocktail

Classic New Orleans Vieux Carré Cocktail Recipe

Transport yourself to the heart of the French Quarter with the iconic Vieux Carré cocktail. This sophisticated blend of rye whiskey, Cognac, and aromatic bitters is a true taste of New Orleans history in a glass.

Originating from the legendary bars of 1930s New Orleans, the Vieux Carré (French for “Old Square”) first graced the pages of “Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ‘Em” in 1937. This robust cocktail perfectly embodies the spirit of the Big Easy – rich, complex, and full of character. Whether you’re celebrating Mardi Gras or simply longing for a touch of Southern charm, the Vieux Carré is your passport to the vibrant streets of NOLA.

Vieux Carré


  • 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. In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients. Fill with ice and stir vigorously for 20 seconds to chill and combine. Strain the mixture into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. For the perfect finishing touch, garnish with a cherry.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
145 Calories
0g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 145
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 22mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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