Cocktail à la Louisiane
We discovered this drink in New Orleans January 2014. We were seeking to drink some of the classic cocktails of the region mixed by the current day's best barkeeps. The bartender who mixed this for us claimed this cocktail pre-dated the more famous Vieux Carré. Both cocktails use similar ingredients but to drastically different effect. This drink was the signature drink of the Restaurant à la Louisiane. It is rich and robust, yet keeps a cutting edge so you can enjoy the entire drink.
¾ oz Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey
½ oz DOM Bénédictine Liqueur
½ oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
3 dashes St. George Absinthe
In a mixing glass, combine all the ingredients. Fill with ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass. Twist the lemon peel over the glass and rub the rim with it, then drop into the drink.
Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey 100 Proof Bottled in Bond (Bardstown, Kentucky)
An old whiskey that fell out of favor for a time, this rye is a great value for fans of Manhattans, Sazeracs and now Scofflaws. The higher-proof gives cocktails a punch of flavor when mixing other ingredients. This is also Bottled in Bond, which requires being bottled at 100 Proof, from a single season's distillation and aged a minimum 4 years.