De La Louisiane

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Cocktail History

The De La Louisiane, also sometimes called the La Louisiane or Cocktail à la Louisiane (all of which mean “From Louisiana” in French), is a classic cocktail made with a dark and complex mix of famed New Orleans ingredients. It was first noted in a 1937 book specifically about the cocktails of the city and was the house drink of Restaurant La Louisiane because it paired well with their rich and spicy Creole cuisines. 

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Rye: This is the base spirit. It’s a type of whiskey made from at least 51% rye grain. We used Sazerac Rye 18-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey because it has a nice spiced flavor with notes of vanilla, pepper, and herbs. For a low-proof version of this drink, try The Gospel Responsible Rye Non-Alcoholic Whiskey in place of the whiskey.

Bénédictine: This is a spiced floral liqueur. It’s made from twenty-seven different spices and herbs that gives adds the liqueurs unique taste that really can’t be replicated by using substitutes.

Sweet Vermouth: This is a fortified wine that adds sweetness. We used Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth because it’s Alex’s favorite sweet vermouth, with dark notes of herbs, figs, licorice, cinnamon, and cocoa.

Absinthe: This is a spirit made with anise, wormwood, fennel, botanicals, and a neutral alcohol. We used Great Lakes Distillery Amerique 1912 Absinthe Verte. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Absinthe in place of the absinthe.

Peychaud’s Creole Bitters: These add Peychaud’s unique Creole flavors, including licorice, saffron, citrus peel, vanilla, nuts, anise, cherry, nutmeg, clove, and caramel.

Cherry: This is the garnish. We prefer Luxardo Maraschino cherries.

Tasting Notes

The De La Louisiane begins with strong, tingling aromas of absinthe and mixed spices, continues into a spicy rye flavor that’s complemented by the vermouth’s sweetness, and features the backbone of different mixed herbs and spices, anise especially, that linger on the back of the tongue long after you swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: This recipe is no joke when it comes to booziness and complex flavor. Alex loved absolutely everything about it, while Kendall thought the absinthe was still a bit too prevalent for her liking.

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Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

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AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Rye
 ¾ oz Bénédictine
 ½ oz Sweet Vermouth
 3 dashes Absinthe
 3 dashes Peychaud's Creole Bitters
 1 Cherry

Method
1

Add rye, Bénédictine, sweet vermouth, absinthe, bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with cherry.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Rye
 ¾ oz Bénédictine
 ½ oz Sweet Vermouth
 3 dashes Absinthe
 3 dashes Peychaud's Creole Bitters
 1 Cherry

Directions

Method
1

Add rye, Bénédictine, sweet vermouth, absinthe, bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with cherry.

De La Louisiane

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More Rye Cocktails

If you like this rye cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Vieux Carré Cocktail Recipe

Vieux Carré: A rye and brandy cocktail made with sweet vermouth, Bénédictine, Peychaud’s Creole bitters, Angostura aromatic bitters, and an orange peel

Mott & Mulberry Cocktail Recipe

Mott & Mulberry: A rye cocktail made with Luxardo Amaro Abano, apple cider, lemon juice, Demerara syrup, and apple slices

Brooklyn Cocktail Recipe

Brooklyn: A rye cocktail made with dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and Amer Picon

Falling Leaves Cocktail Recipe

Falling Leaves: A rye cocktail made with Amaro Montenegro, toasted fig syrup, chocolate bitters, and an orange slice

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