Thanks to the French influence, cognac is an integral part of New Orleans drinking culture. The Vieux Carré is an old-school New Orleans cocktail. Like the sazerac, it's made with rye, Angostura and Peychaud's bitters, and a lemon twist. To that base, the Vieux Carré adds cognac, sweet vermouth, and Benedictine. Cognac is also used to make a New Orleans variation on a French 75 and the Roffignac, a once-lost drink made with a raspberry shrub.