Saturday, May 19

What are you drinking tonight? (May 19, 2007)

Sorry for the laps in posts... diversions, diversions...

Tonight I'm having a very good cocktail that I found in the Nov/Dec 2006 issue of Imbibe magazine. Imbibe, by the way is celebrating their 1 year anniversary. If you have not picked up a copy yet to peruse I strongly recommend it. Great magazine and thank you Paul!

The drink I'm having is called Cocktail à la Louisiane. If you are a Manhattan drinker as I am you will enjoy this libation. It has the ingredients we love, Rye and Sweet Vermouth, but it also adds some very good complements. The full recipe is as follows:

Cocktail à la Louisiane
1 oz Rye Whiskey
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Herbsaint (or other absinthe substitute)
3 to 4 dashes of Peychaud's bitters

Stir ingredients with ice for a slow 20 count, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Herbsaint is a New Orleans born spirit meant to be a absinthe substitute. In my opinion one of the best. Take this liquor in very small portions as it is a potent anise (liquorish) flavor to it.

More articles to come... really.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the kind words, Brad -- and the Louisiane is one hell of a drink.

See you in July--

Anonymous said...

I pick Imbibe up on a regular basis and am impressed with the contributing writers especially. My only complaint (and partly this is my complaining about where I live) is that in about 1/3 of the recipes I don't have access to one or more ingredients (ice cider, lychee juice, spicy ginger beer, etc.). So, it come across as a little precious and overly obscure.

That being said, I love its layout and I've not found an issue yet that didn't have two or three very relevant ratings, articles, or recipes for spirits or drinks I want to know more about.

Look forward to more articles, and rants.

Anonymous said...

That drink is also known as a "Vieux Carre" and was made famous at the Carousel bar in the Hotel Monteleone on Royal street in NOLA! As you can tell, it's my favorite drink!

Anonymous said...

A Vieux Carre subs Cognac for the Benedictine and Benedictine for the Herbsaint and has Angostura in addition to Peychaud's.