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.


  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 :)

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

    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

  2. Wish I could have there a good substitute?

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

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

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

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

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