As we head into fall, Cocktail Maestro Norm Owen turns our palettes to the warming realm of brown spirits.
A “brown spirit” is any grain or grape based spirit that has been aged in oak barrels – it’s the wood that gives it its colour! This includes whisky of all kinds – rye, bourbon, scotch, etc. — cognac, brandy and more.
A great cocktail that involves both grain and grape-based spirits is the Vieux Carré, invented in the 1930s in New Orleans.
The Vieux Carré:
0.75 oz Rye
0.75 oz Brandy
0.75 oz Red Vermouth
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
I bars poon Benedictine
Stir in a mixing glass full of ice until very cold. Strain into a coupe.