Vieux Carre

There’s a bar in New Orleans built out of an old carousel.   Yes, a carousel.  You sit on the barstools and they revolve around a circular bar.   Because when you are drinking in New Orleans, that’s exactly what you want to be doing – spinning in circles as you get drunk.  Regardless of the logic or wisdom of a revolving bar, the Carousel Bar at the Monteleone Hotel does have an excellent house cocktail, dating back to 1938.   Like so many classic New Orelans cocktails, it takes brown liquor, bitters and a sweetener – turning the familiar taste of a Manhattan and taking a left turn into Paris.   That is, Paris if it was in the middle of a swamp where eating alligators while dancing to crazed accordion music was considered normal.  Vive la Nouvelle-Orleans!

1 ounce rye whiskey.
1 ounce Cognac.
1 ounce sweet vermouth.
1 teaspoon Bénédictine D.O.M.
2 dashes Angostura bitters.
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters.

Half-fill a double Old Fashioned glass with ice, add ingredients
and stir to mix. Garnish with a stemless cherry.

Recipe courtesy of Looka!

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