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The Vieux Carré Spiral-Bound | February 15, 2023

John DeMers

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In this fascinating little book, John DeMers tells the story of the Vieux Carré cocktail against the evolving backdrop of the ever-rich cocktail culture of New Orleans. Mixologist Walter Bergeron created this distinctive drink in the 1930s at the Hotel Monteleone; it was later dubbed “the Cocktail that Spins” in honor of the slowly turning Carousel Bar at the hotel. It’s an iconic cocktail that, in recent years, was rarely ordered or prepared, though that is changing as a new generation of cocktail enthusiasts rediscover the old ways.

The Vieux Carré draws on the local proto-cocktail, the Sazerac, as well as several booze-forward classics including the Manhattan, the Old Fashioned, and, from Italy, the Negroni. DeMers tells all that is known of Walter Bergeron’s early life and also examines the ingredients in this cocktail and how each of them made its way to the Crescent City.

Publisher: Longleaf Services
Original Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 116 pages
ISBN-10: 0807178551
Item Weight: 0.5 lbs
Dimensions: 5.0 x 0.5 x 7.0 inches
The Vieux Carré is a great little work that takes you on a journey to the New Orleans of the Prohibition era and beyond. I like to think of the Big Easy as the ‘City of Spirits’—both the spirits you can drink and the history that is all around you when you start to explore it. This book has all of the twists and turns of the French Quarter on a foggy night, and you can’t help but be drawn into the story of the unique drink that helped make New Orleans one of the world capitals of cocktails.” -Kurt Maitland, author of Drink and The Infused Cocktail Handbook
New Orleans native John DeMers has spent more than half a century as a news reporter, TV and radio host, and editor. He is the author of fifty-eight books of fiction and nonfiction.