3 Classic New Orleans Cocktails from Geoffrey Wilson of Barrelhouse

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Heather Hoch
The Vieux Carré is complex, spicy, and sweet.
Vieux Carré
Wilson's love of making drinks becomes obvious as he excitedly shakes, pours, stirs, and mixes drinks, chattering the whole time. Once each drink is combined to his satisfaction, he takes a sip and almost always whispers something like "yeah" or "that's right," apparently his stamp of approval. The cocktail that repeatedly had us singing its praises was the Vieux Carré, a Manhattan-like cocktail invented in the 1930s by Walter Bergeron at the Monteleone hotel.

3/4 ounce rye whiskey
3/4 ounce cognac
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
1 tsp. bénédictine
2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
2 dashes Fee Brother's Old Fashioned bitters

Combine all elements together, add ice, and stir approximately 40 to 50 times. Strain the ice and garnish with a lemon peel, squeezing the essential oils over top. Wilson recommends vermouth like Punt e Mes, rather than a more overpowering Carpano Antica. He also recommends the Rittenhouse bonded rye for the same reasons as in the Sazerac.

Heather Hoch
The McMillian is an homage to New Orleans mixology in flavor and name.
Bonus: Wilson's McMillain
Lucky for cocktail lovers, Wilson is in Chandler for now, slinging drinks and telling stories like any good bartender would do. Some of his favorite spots in town to drink include Crudo, Last Drop Bar, Mabel's on Main, and Blue Hound. However, back in New Orleans, Wilson loved going to Bar Tonique, Tivoli, Cain and Table, and Bellocq. While working at Loa, he made this cocktail in homage to his Southern mixology mentor, Chris McMillian, which got him in Gaz Regan's 101 Best Cocktails of 2013.

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Barrelhouse American Kitchen & Cocktails

2050 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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The Sazerac recipe is misprinted. You need way more than half an ounce of rye whiskey. At least 1-1/2 ounce at a minimum.


Barrelhouse should move to Portland.  Worst service and meal I've had in ages; although admittedly, people whose opinions I respect rave about the place.  Maybe I happened to show up on the worst "off night" ever.

Dante Mancini
Dante Mancini

Barrel house should move into Portland's old space.


@enygmaone  This was Geoffrey's recipe. You can mix it up as you like, just keep the proportions the same and it'll turn out fine!

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