The Vieux Carré at Sea Change: Laissez les bon temps rouler with this drink of the week

What a view... the Vieux Carré

What a view... the Vieux Carré

The rain has washed away one layer of this stagnant winter, and at any moment the sun will return so we can all bask in its warmth. Sit inside the stunning dining room at Sea Change, watch as the Mississippi River rushes by and takes all that melted snow down the line to New Orleans, and then picture yourself down South as you sip this bourbon-based beauty.

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The Vieux Carré joins the ranks of the Sazerac and the Ramos Gin Fizz as one of the most storied cocktails from the Big Easy. The name Vieux Carré (pronounced v'yuh kah-rey) comes from the French Quarter and translates to "old square." Originally created in the 1930s, the traditional mix includes bourbon, Benedictine, Peychaud's bitters, and sweet vermouth.

At Sea Change, bar manager Nick Lane does us one better than bourbon by mixing the flavor powerhouses of Pierre Ferrand Cognac and Bulleit Rye. Those spirits are then mixed with Benedictine, sweet Vermouth, and Angostura bitters. The drink is stirred briefly to chill everything down and mellow out those strong flavors, and then served over a giant ice cube in a lowball and garnished with brandied cherries. At $16, it's not an inexpensive cocktail, but you're worth it and you will not need more than one of these bad boys.

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