Get ready to laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll) with our special Mardi Gras edition cocktail – the Vieux Carré! This classic New Orleans libation is the perfect way to bring the spirit of the French Quarter to your Mardi Gras celebrations.

The History of the Vieux Carré

The Vieux Carré, French for "Old Square," is a cocktail that pays homage to the historic heart of New Orleans – the French Quarter. Created in the 1930s at the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone, this cocktail encapsulates the rich cultural tapestry of Mardi Gras and the vibrant energy of the city.


  • 1 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 oz Cognac
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 oz Benedictine
  • 2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters


*In a mixing glass, combine the rye whiskey, Cognac, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, and both types of bitters.

*Add ice to the mixing glass and stir well to chill the ingredients.

*Strain the mixture into a chilled glass over a large ice cube.

*Garnish with a lemon twist.

Pairing Tips

Enhance your Mardi Gras experience by pairing the Vieux Carré with classic New Orleans dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, or beignets. The bold flavors of the cocktail complement the spicy and savory notes of these iconic Creole and Cajun dishes.

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February 12, 2024 — Iris Cule