Vieux Carré

"I'm jumping in with both feet on the lemon twist versus cherry debate," says Jackson Cannon of the garnish on this New Orleans classic. "I have a strong preference for a lemon twist to help balance the cocktail and magnify its flavors. Having said that, some of my dear friends prefer the cherry. I'm always happy to oblige."

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Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1 ounce VSOP Cognac
  • 1 ounce rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 teaspoon Bénédictine (brandy-based herbal liqueur)
  • Dash of Peychaud's bitters
  • Dash of Angostura bitters
  • 1 lemon twist, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. Fill a pint glass with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the garnish; stir well. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with the twist.

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