Josh's 10 Favorite Cocktails of All Time

Vieux Carre
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1 oz. Rye whiskey

1 oz. Cognac

1 oz. Sweet Italian vermouth

1 tsp. Benedictine D.O.M.

2 Dashes Peychaud's bitters

2 Dashes Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice and stir until combined and well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with brandied cherry and enjoy.


I smoke a cigars now and then and I have found that the Vieux Carre is so smooth that it actually manages to mellow them - probably thanks to the Benedictine, which is an herbal liqueur. The name of the drink is the French term for the French Quarter, which makes sense since the Vieux Carre was invented in 1938 by a New Orleans bartender named Walter Bergeron, who headed the bar at the Monteleone Hotel. The drink is pretty much a showcase of some of the best liquors that humankind has to offer and can be upgraded easily by using high-end ingredients. For example, using a good champagne cognac (which is as amazing as it sounds) rather than mere cognac, turns this already-ritzy drink into one that's worth wearing a tuxedo for. I like to use Carpano Antico vermouth (which also turns up in the Martinez) in the Vieux Carre. Amazing with or without a cigar and best on a winter night.