A couple of days ago I had the chance to come in to Ciro’s speakeasy and guest bartend with my own cocktail menu where I featured six cocktails, two of them classics and the other four my creations. Among them the classic Vieux Carré and the Improved Sandia Collins a variation on a cocktail I had created for the Mr. Chow menu.
The cocktails were well received by the guests that night. I guess I’ll be coming back there for more appearances! Here is a video of that night
The Vieux Carre was invented in the 1930’s by Walter Bergeron, the head bartender at the Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans, and is named after the French term “The French Quarter” … le Vieux Carré (“Old Square”).
The Vieux Carre
Rye whiskey 3/4 oz
Cognac 3/4 oz
Sweet Vermouth 3/4 oz
Benedictine 1 bar spoon
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
Garnish with a lemon peel
Thanks to Ro Patel owner of Ciro’s as well as Elise and Richard resident bartenders.