Episode 128: Vieux Carré – The Cocktail and the Neighborhood

According to legend, the original cocktail was invented in an apothecary in New Orleans’ Vieux Carré. The neighborhood, with its many restaurants and bars, is such a watering hole for classic drinks it seems only right that there would be an actual cocktail named The Vieux Carré. There is, and it has been around since the 1930’s. Though less known than other mixed drinks, it is now having a revival!

John De Mers, an author who specializes in food and drink, joins Louisiana Life Executive Editor Errol Laborde, along with podcast producer Kelly Massicot to talk about the colorful history of cocktails and especially one that is the title of his new book, “The Vieux Carré.” Published by LSU Press, the book is rich in history and photography.

Oh, and Kelly even reveals what her favorite cocktail is.


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