Cardamom Vieux Carré
a cocktail recipe
by Karyn Maier
Karyn Maier is a freelance writer and creator specializing in natural wellness, the botanical arts, and culinary creations that use herbs and spices. She has written for many industry and consumer publications in both new and traditional media, including ePregnancy, Fitness Link, Club Mom, Let's Live, Natural Living Today, Real Woman, The Herb Quarterly, American Fitness, Mother Earth News, Delicious!, Better Nutrition, etc. She is also the author of several books on using herbs, and a contributor to cookbooks. Ms. Maier is frequently interviewed as an expert by national magazines, including Real Simple and Mother Earth Living. She has also been a guest on several radio talk shows such as Gary Null's Natural Living, The Deborah Ray Show and Martha Stewart Living.
This recipe is inspired by the classic vieux carré cocktail, named after the French term for “old square” and referring to the French Quarter of New Orleans. It is typically composed of rye whiskey and cognac, a sweet liquor (such as vermouth), and a dash of Peychaud's bitters, the sweeter alternative to savory Angostura bitters.
PREP | 10 M
TOTAL | 10 M
make the syrup:
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring just to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes. Strain, reserving the syrup in a clean container. Let cool completely. Store any leftover portion in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
make the cocktail:
Place all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and stir. Strain into a glass with one or two ice cubes. Serve with a twist of lemon.
If you are unable to locate banana liqueur, also known as Crème de Banane, use dark rum flavored with a splash of banana extract instead.
Cardamom is a strong spice with equal parts menthol, floral, and sweet flavor. It is widely used in traditional Indian, Middle Eastern and Nordic cuisines as well as a popular flavoring for tea and coffee.
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