JUNE 4, 2019
Smoky and complex, an excellent riff on a classic Vieux Carre
Cognac is difficult to make new cocktails with because of its delicate flavor. For inspiration I turned to one of my favorite cocktails the Vieux Carre. The Vieux Carre is a New Orleans Classic known for its complex flavor and the use of benedictine and Peychaud's Bitters.
By itself, the Vieux Carre is amazing, but I wanted to accentuate the flavor of the cognac a little more while creating a different profile. To do this, I decided to add Cappelletti Amaro Sfumato for some smokiness and Madeira in place of the sweet vermouth. This adds some nuttiness and fruitiness that compliments the cognac well.
1 ¾ oz. Cognac
¾ oz. Madeira
¼ oz. Benedictine
¼ oz. Cappelletti Amaro Sfumato
2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
2 dashes orange bitters
Combine all ingredients in stirring glass over cracked ice and stir until chilled. fine strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass and garnish with an orange peel.