The Vieux Carré is a cognac cocktail. It was born in 1930 by bartender Walter Bergeron at New Orleans’ legendary Carousel Bar inside the Hotel Monteleone.

It’s a subtle blend of 4 alcohols: Cognac, Rye Whiskey, Vermouth & Bénédictine with 2 bitters: Angostura & Peychaud’s.

Vieux carré cocktail

The rye whiskey delivers a bold spiciness that energizes the palate, complemented by the cognac‘s gentler fruit and floral undertones.

Sweet vermouth contributes a luxurious infusion of botanicals, while Bénédictine liquor brings its unique blend of herbs, spices, and honey to the mix.

Finally, the bitters impart a savory foundation and a dash of seasoning. Each cocktail ingredients plays a critical role, and together, they harmonize flawlessly.

The Perfect glass

cognac short drink glass for Vieux Carré cocktail
Short drink glass


Hennessy VSOP
3/4 ounce Cognac
(Hennessy VS or VSOP)
Rye whiskey
3/4 ounce of Rye Whiskey
Red Vermouths
3/4 ounce sweet Vermouth
Bénédictine liquor
2 teaspoons of Benedictine liqueur

4 drops of bitter (2 of Angostura + 2 of Peychaud’s…)

ices cubes
Ice cubes


yellow lemon zest
Lemon zest

The Recipe

  1. Add the cognac, rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, Bénédictine, and bitters into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Stir until well-chilled
  3. Strain into your short drink glass over fresh ice
  4. Garnish with lemon zest
  5. Enjoy!

Funny facts

Vieux Carré means “old square” in French, Oui!
And it refers to the French Quarter neighborhood in New Orleans (The City That Care Forgot).

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