September 29, 2020
A La Louisiane Cocktail Recipe
Gather the elements needed for this A La Louisiane cocktail, a favorite from Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora. Then settle in for a Minnesota Orchestra concert broadcast from your couch!
The New Orleans cocktails are some of my favorites and, rather than give you the famous Sazerac or Vieux Carré, I thought I'd offer a well-known variation on the latter which I very much enjoy year-round.
- 2 oz Rye whiskey
- 3/4 oz Sweet vermouth
- 1/2 oz Bénédictine
- Some dashes of Peychaud's bitters (3-5) (or any other cajun bitters you may have)
- Some dashes (3-5) of absinthe!
- Maraschino cherry
And no, contrary to popular belief Absinthe does not make you hallucinate or have close encounters with your favorite spiritual figures—I'm afraid this won't be the libation for such an experience.
In a mixing glass, mix all ingredients with, ideally, larger cubes of ice that won't dilute as fast. Stir (do not shake!) and strain into a cocktail glass (a martini glass should do nicely but if unavailable, a whiskey glass will do). Garnish with the cherry and enjoy!