The Vieux Carré Spiral-Bound | February 15, 2023
The Vieux Carré
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.