La Louisianne Cocktail
Matt Taylor-Gross

A seductively named drink built on rye, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, Peychaud’s bitters, and absinthe, the La Louisiane shares similar DNA to other New Orleans classics, but never made the same leap into the cocktail mainstream. It is the secret cocktail of New Orleans, and these days it’s starting to get its due.

Featured in: Drink the Secret Cocktail of New Orleans

Yield: makes 1
Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 oz. rye whiskey
  • 12 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 14 oz. Benedictine
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 2 dashes absinthe
  • Maraschino cherry, to garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the rye with the vermouth, Benedictine, bitters, and absinthe. Stir and strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a cherry.