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Drink of the Week

Vieux Carré

  • 1 oz Rye Whisk(e)y
  • 1oz Cognac
  • 1oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1/2 tsp Benedictine
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters

Garnish: Lemon Twist (although I prefer a cherry!)

Stir ingredients in ice for 2 minutes, then strain in to an ice filled Old Fashioned glass.

As the majority of the Worlds’ cocktail community prepares to head to the sticky humidity of Louisiana next week, I thought I should put up a good old New Orleans classic.  I like this drink because it’s very strong and aromatic but still really smooth when made properly.

New Orleans was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, and the city itself was originally centered around the French Quarter, or the Vieux Carré (which means “Old Square” in French).  The drink is named after this famous region, which is a hot spot for tourists and the location of almost all the action at TOTC-Tales of the Cocktail.

The drink was invented in the early 1930’s by Walter Bergeron, although it wasn’t seen in writing until the book ‘Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ‘Em’ was printed in 1937.  It is said to have been created at the famous Carousel Bar inside the Hotel Monteleone.

The Carousel Bar was one of my favorite bars in NOLA, because of its very unique ‘moving’ feature.  The bar seating is on an actual carousel that very slowly rotates around the central bar (one turn takes approx. 15mins), at first it’s a little strange to see the room spinning around you but to be honest it really just adds to the overall feeling of disorientation one usually feels on a trip to New Orleans!

If you enjoy a nice stiff drink I highly recommend giving this classic a try, and for those of you going to Tales of the Cocktail next week I suggest ordering a Vieux Carré at the bar where it was first created. Enjoy!

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Drink of the Week

JAMESON ALMOND OLD FASHIONED

  • 2oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1/4oz Amaretto / Caramel Liqueur
  • 1/4oz Sugar Syrup
  • 3 dash orange bitters

Garnish: Orange twist

Stir ingredients with ice cubes for a good 2 minutes. The melting and stirring in of ice cubes is essential to the dilution and taste of the drink.

Serve over 1 large Ice Cube.

St.Patricks Day: Fun Facts

As i’m sure you all know it’s St.Patricks day (AKA St.Pattys Day) this coming week-end, which for many here in the USA is merely an excuse to get drunk and wear green. However, for those of you who don’t know, Saint Patricks Day is a Religious holiday that originated in Dublin, Ireland in the 18th Century and was originally a solemn affair.  The Irish Protestant organization ‘The Knights of St. Patrick’  held a parade on 17 March 1783 (March 17 being the date St.Patrick died in AD 461) and the tradition of this holiday being a celebratory occasion has continued ever since in Dublin and across the globe.

Saint Patrick was a Christian Missionary (yes, he was a real person) and a fair time after his death became the patron saint of Ireland.  He is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved clover, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the wearing and display of shamrocks has become a big feature of the day.  In 1903 St.Patricks Day became a public holiday in Ireland. Irish member of Parliament James O’Mara later introduced a law that required pubs and bars be closed on 17 March after drinking got out of hand, (doesn’t surprise me) but this was repealed in the 1970s.

So in between downing pints of Guinness, or doing ‘Irish Car Bomb’ shots this Saturday night I thought you might want to try something slightly different, but still sticking with this Irish theme. What better way to celebrate than with a variation of the classic drink an ‘Old Fashioned’.  I like this version of the drink because it is sweeter than a regular Old Fashioned and the almond notes of the Amaretto come through subtly.  In truth this recipe (from the Jameson website) may be slightly too sweet for many people, so you can afford to remove the sugar syrup altogether if you find this to be the case.

HAPPY SAINT PATRICKS DAY!!!!

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