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Vieux Carré Cocktail

18 Aug 2012

The Vieux Carré Cocktail is another creature born of the Rye & Cognac family, but it’s a bit more straightforward if you think about it (I think). The cognac is used to soften the spice of the rye a bit, mixed with an equal collective part sweet vermouth, and then it’s mixed over ice with some bitter stuff.

Sounds like? The Negroni and its friends.

Vieux Carré Cocktail Ingredients

So it’s a bit of fuss, but it should be no great surprise that it works respectably well:

Vieux Carré Cocktail

Only problem? I think the Boulevardier and Negroni are better drinks.

Interestingly, the more modern treatment ups the ante and doubles the rye and cognac; in this form I thought the drink was in fact quite nice.