La Louisiane Cocktail Drink

La Louisiane

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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When elegance meets simplicity, you get the La Louisiane Cocktail. Its recipe is clear-cut, and with the right ingredients, you’ll make a drink that’s second to none.

La Louisiane Cocktail Recipe

Cheers to a timeless classic with our La Louisiane Cocktail recipe! A blend of rye whiskey, Bénédictine, and sweet vermouth ensures every glass is a treat.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

254 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet Vermouth
  • 1 oz Bénédictine
  • 3 dashes Peychaud's aromatic bitters
  • 3 dashes Absinthe
  • Cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Mixing Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Place your cocktail glass in the freezer in advance or stir some ice cubes in it to chill it.
  • Add Absinthe: Put 3 dashes Absinthe into the mixing glass.
  • Add Bitters: Put 3 dashes Peychaud's aromatic bitters.
  • Add Bénédictine: Pour 1 oz Bénédictine.
  • Add Sweet Vermouth: Measure and pour 1 oz sweet Vermouth.
  • Add Rye Whiskey: Pour 1 oz Rye Whiskey.
  • Stir Gently: Stir the ingredients with ice using a bar spoon.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture in your chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish: Drop a cherry into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Rye Whiskey: Bourbon is an alternative, although it brings a slightly sweeter, fuller profile to the drink. I've done this when I'm out of rye, and it's delightful!
  • Bénédictine: While there's nothing quite like Bénédictine, in desperate times, I've used Yellow Chartreuse. It provides a different herbal complexity but does the job.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Dry vermouth can work with simple syrup to adjust sweetness. Alternatively, you can try a different fortified wine for a subtle flavor change.

Making a Pitcher of La Louisiane Cocktail:

  • Scale: To create a pitcher for 8 servings, multiply all the ingredients by 8. So, 8 oz of rye whiskey, 8 oz of sweet vermouth, and 8 oz of Bénédictine, 24 drops of absinthe and Peychaud’s bitters.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine ice with the rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, Bénédictine, absinthe and bitters. Stir thoroughly.
  • Serve: Pour into individual chilled cocktail glasses, garnish with a cherry, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rye Whiskey Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic whiskey alternative. Several brands offer varieties that mimic the warmth and depth of whiskey.
  • Bénédictine Substitute: Go for a non-alcoholic herbal tea blend that mimics some of the herbaceous qualities of Bénédictine.
  • Other ingredients Substitute: Go for no-alcoholic options available in the market.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the original ingredients with these non-alcoholic substitutes, follow the given steps, and savor a non-alcoholic La Louisiane.

Making it Vegan:

  • Ensure that the sweet vermouth you're using doesn't contain animal-derived products, as some might use gelatin in the production process.
  • Replace the traditional cherry garnish with a vegan-certified cherry to ensure it's free from animal-derived coloring or flavoring agents.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
254
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.2
g
0
%
Sodium
 
6
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
21
g
7
%
Sugar
 
15
g
17
%
Potassium
 
37
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Calcium
 
2
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

La Louisiane Cocktail Drink

La Louisiane Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Cheers to a timeless classic with our La Louisiane Cocktail recipe! A blend of rye whiskey, Bénédictine, and sweet vermouth ensures every glass is a treat.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 254

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet Vermouth
  • 1 oz Bénédictine
  • 3 dashes Peychaud's aromatic bitters
  • 3 dashes Absinthe
  • Cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Mixing Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Place your cocktail glass in the freezer in advance or stir some ice cubes in it to chill it.
  • Add Absinthe: Put 3 dashes Absinthe into the mixing glass.
  • Add Bitters: Put 3 dashes Peychaud's aromatic bitters.
  • Add Bénédictine: Pour 1 oz Bénédictine.
  • Add Sweet Vermouth: Measure and pour 1 oz sweet Vermouth.
  • Add Rye Whiskey: Pour 1 oz Rye Whiskey.
  • Stir Gently: Stir the ingredients with ice using a bar spoon.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture in your chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish: Drop a cherry into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Rye Whiskey: Bourbon is an alternative, although it brings a slightly sweeter, fuller profile to the drink. I've done this when I'm out of rye, and it's delightful!
  • Bénédictine: While there's nothing quite like Bénédictine, in desperate times, I've used Yellow Chartreuse. It provides a different herbal complexity but does the job.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Dry vermouth can work with simple syrup to adjust sweetness. Alternatively, you can try a different fortified wine for a subtle flavor change.

Making a Pitcher of La Louisiane Cocktail:

  • Scale: To create a pitcher for 8 servings, multiply all the ingredients by 8. So, 8 oz of rye whiskey, 8 oz of sweet vermouth, and 8 oz of Bénédictine, 24 drops of absinthe and Peychaud’s bitters.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine ice with the rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, Bénédictine, absinthe and bitters. Stir thoroughly.
  • Serve: Pour into individual chilled cocktail glasses, garnish with a cherry, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Rye Whiskey Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic whiskey alternative. Several brands offer varieties that mimic the warmth and depth of whiskey.
  • Bénédictine Substitute: Go for a non-alcoholic herbal tea blend that mimics some of the herbaceous qualities of Bénédictine.
  • Other ingredients Substitute: Go for no-alcoholic options available in the market.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the original ingredients with these non-alcoholic substitutes, follow the given steps, and savor a non-alcoholic La Louisiane.

Making it Vegan:

  • Ensure that the sweet vermouth you're using doesn't contain animal-derived products, as some might use gelatin in the production process.
  • Replace the traditional cherry garnish with a vegan-certified cherry to ensure it's free from animal-derived coloring or flavoring agents.

What is a La Louisiane Cocktail?

La Louisiane Cocktail blends rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Bénédictine with dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters and Absinthe. Historians trace its origins to New Orleans, a city known for its rich cocktail culture. The name itself is a nod to Louisiana’s vibrant history and heritage. 

A side shot of a La Louisiane cocktail in a coupe glass on a white cloth placed on a wooden table with a bar spoon and a shot glass on a side, in front of plant leaves.

What is a La Louisiane Cocktail made of – The ingredients

Get these ingredients ready to start mixing together your La Louisiane Cocktail:

  • Rye Whiskey: The primary spirit that offers a spicy and robust backbone to the cocktail.
  • Sweet Vermouth: A fortified wine that introduces a sweet, herbaceous quality.
  • Bénédictine: An herbal liqueur, it lends a complex, aromatic depth.
  • Peychaud’s Bitters: Provides a touch of aromatic bitterness, enhancing the overall balance.
  • Absinthe: Used sparingly, it hints at aniseed flavor, making the drink more intriguing.
  • Cherry (for garnish): Adds a touch of sweetness and a visual appeal to the finished cocktail.

Rye Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Benedictine, absinthe and Peychaud's Bitters laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a La Louisiane Cocktail?

Follow our simple step-by-step guide to make your own La Louisiane Cocktail:

1
<p>Start by chilling a cocktail glass with some ice cubes, setting it aside for a few minutes to ensure it’s cold to the touch.</p>

Start by chilling a cocktail glass with some ice cubes, setting it aside for a few minutes to ensure it’s cold to the touch.

2
<p>Introduce a dash of Absinthe into the mixing glass, ensuring it’s enough to accentuate but not overpower the drink.</p>

Introduce a dash of Absinthe into the mixing glass, ensuring it’s enough to accentuate but not overpower the drink.

3
<p>Add a couple of dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters.</p>

Add a couple of dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters.

4
<p>Measure and pour the Bénédictine adding complexity to the mix.</p>

Measure and pour the Bénédictine adding complexity to the mix.

5
<p>Add sweet Vermouth for a sweet aromatic touch.</p>

Add sweet Vermouth for a sweet aromatic touch.

6
<p>Finish with rye whiskey giving the drink its final shape.</p>

Finish with rye whiskey giving the drink its final shape.

7
<p>Fill the mixing glass with ice, ensuring it’s adequately covered.</p>

Fill the mixing glass with ice, ensuring it’s adequately covered.

8
<p>Stir the ingredients together for about 20 seconds, making sure everything blends seamlessly.</p>

Stir the ingredients together for about 20 seconds, making sure everything blends seamlessly.

9
<p>Remove the ice cubes from your chilled cocktail glass.</p>

Remove the ice cubes from your chilled cocktail glass.

10
<p>Strain the mixture into the chilled cocktail glass.</p>

Strain the mixture into the chilled cocktail glass.

11
<p>Garnish with a cherry, gently placing it at the glass’s bottom.</p>

Garnish with a cherry, gently placing it at the glass’s bottom.

12
<p>Enjoy your La Louisiane cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your La Louisiane cocktail!

Which Vermouth should I use for a La Louisiane Cocktail?

When crafting a La Louisiane Cocktail, the choice of vermouth plays a pivotal role in nailing that signature taste. You’re looking for a vermouth with a harmonious blend of sweet, herbal, and slightly spicy notes. With its light and fresh palate, the renowned Dolin Rouge vermouth is a prime candidate for this cocktail. Another excellent option is the Carpano Antica Formula; it leans on the richer side with pronounced vanilla and bitter elements, providing a luxurious depth to the drink. Cocchi Vermouth di Torino brings a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness for those wanting a modern twist, making it a worthy contender. If I had to pick a favorite, Carpano Antica Formula gets the nod. Its full-bodied profile uplifts the La Louisiane, ensuring every sip is an experience.

A La Louisiane cocktail, shot from above, in a coupe glass on a white cloth placed on a wooden table with a bar spoon and a shot glass on a side.

History and Origin of the La Louisiane Cocktail

La Louisiane Cocktail traces its roots back to the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Historians often link its origin to the early 20th century, when New Orleans thrived as a hotspot for innovative cocktails. The city’s famed Hotel La Louisiane, from which the drink likely takes its name, stands out as a potential birthplace for this beverage.

While many cocktails from this era faded into obscurity, the La Louisiane held onto its charm, maintaining a steady presence in the ever-evolving world of mixology. Its unique blend of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Bénédictine, complemented by Peychaud’s Bitters and a hint of Absinthe, perfectly embodies the rich and diverse culture of New Orleans. Over the years, bartenders and enthusiasts have embraced and adapted the La Louisiane, yet its essence remains a tribute to the Crescent City’s colorful history.

A La Louisiane cocktail, shot from above, on a white marmol table with a Rye Whiskey bottle, a sweet Vermouth bottle, a Peychaud's Bitters bottle, an Absinthe bottle and a Benedictine bottle around.

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FAQ

How many calories does a La Louisiane Cocktail typically have?
A standard serving of La Louisiane Cocktail contains approximately 200-250 calories, depending on the specific ingredients and measurements used.
What is the strength of the La Louisiane Cocktail in ABV and proof?
Given the spirits involved, the La Louisiane Cocktail usually has an ABV of around 30-35%, translating to 60-70 proof.
Which alcohol is primarily used in a La Louisiane Cocktail?
Rye whiskey serves as the primary alcohol in this cocktail.
In which type of glass is the La Louisiane Cocktail typically served?
The cocktail is traditionally served in a Cocktail glass.
What does the La Louisiane Cocktail taste like?
It offers a harmonious blend of spicy, herbal, and slightly sweet flavors with an underlying hint of aniseed from the Absinthe.
What's the typical ratio of ingredients in the La Louisiane Cocktail?
Originally the recipe called for equal parts of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and benedictine, complemented by dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters and Absinthe. Nowadays a common ratio is 2 oz rye whiskey, ¾ oz sweet vermouth, and ¾ oz Bénédictine reducing the liqueurs for a less sweet profile.
How is the La Louisiane Cocktail typically served with ice or temperature?
It's served up, meaning it's shaken or stirred with ice and then strained, so it's served without ice in the glass.

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