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Vieux Carré

  • SERVINGS: Makes 1 drink

"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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  1. Ice
  2. 1 ounce VSOP Cognac
  3. 1 ounce rye whiskey
  4. 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  5. 1 teaspoon Bénédictine (brandy-based herbal liqueur)
  6. Dash of Peychaud's bitters
  7. Dash of Angostura bitters
  8. 1 lemon twist, for garnish
  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.