IMG_0891-800 A very nice drink that really does remind me of Autumn.  I’d probably prefer to strain this into a cocktail glass and serve it up, as opposed to on the rocks, as the texture gets a bit thin unless you drink it rather quickly.

I chose to use 100 proof rye and apple brandy for extra punch.  The interesting addition of Strega gives it a bit of a sweetness, working off the dryness of the whiskey and brandy and giving it a rounder and softer feel.  Although the Mr. Boston guide calls for Angostura bitters, originally it utilized house made cinnamon tincture.

The drink was created by Jeffrey Morgenthaler back in 2008.  Here’s what he has to say about it:  “I spent the week leading up to Tales of the Cocktail revisiting the Vieux Carré cocktail, which was created at the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone by bartender Walter Bergeron in 1938. I tried several of the recipe variations out there on unsuspecting customers all week-long, perfecting the Vieux Carré before getting on the plane and heading to the Carousel Bar to have one for myself.

Okay, so the Vieux Carrés I found at the hotel weren’t that great. But the novelty of being able to walk into a bar and ask for this venerable old drink was enough to keep me satisfied.

One of the first things people asked me upon my return to work was, “How were the Vieux Carrés at the hotel?”

“Okay,” I’d reply, “but I think ours are better.”

My over-confidence came around and bit me on the backside when I realized that I hadn’t ordered enough Benedictine to make more than a handful of drinks that first night back. Fortunately I’m a resourceful lad from time to time, and I reached for the bottle of Strega to stand in for Benedictine. Switching out apple brandy for the cognac and some house made cinnamon tincture in place of the bitters, I’d inadvertently built a drink for our coming fall drink menu…”

Autumn Leaves
0.75oz straight rye whiskey
0.75oz apple brandy
0.75oz sweet vermouth
0.25oz strega
2 dashes angostura bitters
garnish: orange twist

Stir with ice and strain into ice-filled old-fashioned glass.  Add orange twist.

Filed under: Mr. Boston 75th Anniversary Official Bartenders Guide