Thursday, February 4, 2016

Two Cocktails That Will Give You A Taste of The Big Easy

By: The Food Hunter

I love New Orleans; the food, the cultural and the cocktails! With that being said I would not want to be there during Mardi Gras, as it's really not my scene. Instead I'd much rather celebrate the events of Carnival at home with a few close friends and New Orleans inspired beverages.

Both the Vieux Carre and the La Louisiane, cousin of the sazerac, will give you a taste of the Big Easy no matter where you are celebrating.



La Louisiane
2 oz. rye whiskey
1⁄2 oz. sweet vermouth (I used Yzaguirre)
1⁄4 oz. Benedictine
3 dashes bitters
2 dashes absinthe
Luxardo cherry, to garnish

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the rye with the vermouth, Benedictine, bitters, and absinthe. Stir and strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a cherry


Vieux Carre
1/2 teaspoon Benedictine
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
1 dash Angostura Bitters
3/4 ounce rye whiskey
3/4 ounce cognac
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth (I used Yzaguirre)

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice, stir well and strain. Serve over ice, garnished wit a cherry.




18 comments:

  1. Hi Theresa, after watching The Originals on repeat like crazy (secret obsession) I am absolutely taken in by New Orleans but just like you I wouldn't ever imagine going there during Mardi Gras. I don't have Peychaud’s Bitters but I have everything else for your Vieux Carre. I wonder if it would affect the taste that much if I just stick to Angostura instead. I am new in to home cocktail making and confession, I have never had an original Sazerac. Please help :)

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    1. That would work just fine! You've got to try it and let me know!!

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    2. I loved it... absolutely beautiful. Feel so grown up drinking it :)
      Can you see, by my enthusiasm, what a novice I am to cocktail making. :P

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  2. Wish I could have rye...is there a good substitute?

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  3. These cocktails sound like fun! And a great way to celebrate Mardi Gras. Thanks for the recipes!

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  4. I'll take one of each...as in right now....

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  5. Two fun drinks to toast with! Love it!

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  6. These will be great for my Mardi Gras party. Thank you!!

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  7. I still haven't been to New Orleans and have been really wanting to go! My husband and I are planning a family trip there with our kids soon - it's food, history and culture really fascinate me.

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  8. This would be perfect for those celebrating mardi gras!

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  9. The cocktails are fancy drink in which the drink includes a mixture of several liquor and flavors. They are tasteful and something many people want in an event.

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  10. What great cocktails to celebrate Mardi Gras with! I especially love the Vieux Carre, yum!

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  11. These sound like the perfect introduction to the Big Easy (and of course, I haven't tried either). NOLA is one my must-visit list, so maybe one day I'll be able to try them at the source.

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  12. Oh, yes! I'm in the mood for anything New Orleans related. These look great!

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  13. Mmmm I love cocktails and these look very tasty!

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