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Against The Grain

An All-American Vieux Carre


  • 1 oz Noble Oak Rye
  • 1 oz Laird’s Bonded Applejack
  • 1 oz Carpano Antica Formula (or equally burly) Sweet Vermouth
  • ¼ oz SideTrack Nocino Liqueur
  • 3 dashes Angostura Aromatic bitters
  • Lemon Peel for Garnish


Combine the above ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, and give a quick stir until all ingredients are chilled and diluted. Strain the ingredients into a double rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a succinct twist of lemon peel. Cheers!

Vieux Carre Cocktail