Who doesn’t love a trip down to New Orleans? I know I do and while I would love to be wandering the French Quarter, listening to street Jazz and enjoying a beignet from Café Du Monde, a trip to the Big Easy isn’t in the cards right now. So, I’m going to stir up a drink that transports me there instead, the Creole Cocktail. It is an ode to the Big Easy’s festive atmosphere, delicious drinks, and rich history.
It’s one of many cocktails that can trace their roots back to New Orleans. It lives among the likes of the Sazerac, Vieux Carré, Brandy Crusta, Ramos Gin Fizz, Absinthe Frappé, and the Hurricane…just to name a few. But when asked to name a cocktail that hails from New Orleans, not too many people would come up with the Creole. With whiskey, sweet vermouth and a hint of maraschino, it seems like a Manhattan, but one taste will prove that it is definitely not. The addition of the benedictine & maraschino liqueurs changes everything.
Step 1: Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice.
Step 2: Stir well until chilled.
When should you stir a cocktail and when should you shake? Well, when you shake a cocktail, not only does it dilute your final product– it changes its texture. When you stir– you’re simply chills and dilutes your drink. So, it all comes down to what your ingredients are. For example a drink with egg white will need a shake to create foam.
A good rule of thumb to follow– if your cocktail is clear, stir. If it’s cloudy, shake.
Step 3: Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
This cocktail recipe pairs your favorite whiskey with a touch of sweetness, giving you perfectly balanced flavors in every sip. While the Creole Cocktail isn’t a Manhattan, there is depth of flavor that should intrigue any Manhattan lover! Mix up the Creole Cocktail and be sure it’s one you order the next time you find yourself in the Big Easy!