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Vieux Carre Cocktail Recipe

This is the signature cocktail of the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans where Tales of the Cocktail was held. The Vieux Carré was created in 1938 by Walter Bergeron, who was then the head bartender. The name comes from the French name for the Old Quarter.

  • 3/4 ounce rye whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce cognac
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1/8 teaspoon Benedictine liqueur
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  • 1 lemon twist, for garnish


Fill an 8- to 10-ounce old-fashioned, or rocks, glass with ice. Add the rye, cognac, vermouth, Benedictine and both bitters and stir well. Garnish with the lemon twist.....enjoy!

Top 10 things to do in Louisiana

Louisiana is a 'gumbo' created in the 1700's with a dash of French, Spanish, English, Irish, Cajun, Creole and Afro-Carribean influences. These 'cultural ingredients' have added great flavours to make Louisiana the exotic state of the South.

Here's our pick of the best things to do in Louisiana:

  • New Orleans Mardi Gras: Soak up the vibrancy of the Mardi Gras parades, New Orleans' most spectacular carnival.

  • Visit Plantation Country: Step back into the history of the South and the importance of these oh-so grand homes.

  • Cocktail Tour: Take a walking Cocktail Tour in New Orleans, the birthplace of the cocktail. French 75 or Sazerac, the choice is yours.

  • Courir de Mardi Gras: Experience the traditional Cajun Mardi Gras in Lafayette.

  • Take in an American Football game at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge home of Louisiana State University.

  • Creole Nature Trail: Explore the breathtaking Creole Nature Trail in Lake Charles, over 180 miles on 1 of 43 designated Scenic Byways in the USA.

  • French Quarter: Steeped in history and Louisiana atmosphere, the French Quarter draws its fair share of visitors! Famed for its vibrant nightlife too.

  • Kayak on the Bayous and waterways of Louisiana, viewing Louisiana’s wildlife up close. Alternatively an airboat or swamp boat are options for those feeling less energetic.

  • Music! Visit a Jazz club in the city that gave birth to the Jazz sound, why not visit Preservation Hall one of the most famous music venues in the US.

  • Eat! You will not go hungry in Louisiana from Shreveport in the North with its BBQ influences to New Orleans in the South, Cajun and Creole culinary experiences and flavours abound.

Please do get in touch with our Louisiana State experts if you have any questions or need some advice to help you plan your Louisiana holiday - we are always on hand to help!

Movies in Louisiana

Louisiana is increasingly becoming recognised as the movie-making capital of the USA. In the past decade alone Louisiana has hosted the production of more than 400 films and a study by the motion picture industry reveals that one in seven visitors to Louisiana travelled because of a film or television show.

In addition, viewers are experiencing beautiful, culturally rich landscapes that Louisiana has to offer. Tom Cruise is currently in Louisiana filming the new Jack Reacher: Never Go Back until 6th February 2016, a movie based on Lee Child novels. Other Louisiana based projects include Pitch Perfect 2, Jurassic World, The Magnificent Seven, The Loft, Focus, Self/less, 22 Jump Street, Django Unchained, 12 Years a Slave, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Best of Me and American Ultra, to name a few.

Louisiana as a home also proves to be a firm favourite with actors and actresses such as Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage, John Goodman and more. So visitors to Louisiana never know what actors and productions they may bump into!

Watch it on film then experience it in real life!

Civil Rights

With timeless images from the many books, tv shows and movies set in and inspired by the southern states help to tell the story of plantation life, you can visit and learn about the history of these homes for yourself, dating back to the 1700's delving deep into the roots of the Civil Rights movement.

Visit New Orleans Plantation Country and learn about civil rights battles in Louisiana for the slaves who worked on the plantations, the families that owned them, the tragedy, the reality and the emancipation process post-civil war and really start to understand the rich and often beguiling history of Louisiana and the entire Deep South. 

The 106-Mile March for Civil Rights in Louisiana

In 1953, T.J. Jemison, a Baptist minister and one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, led the nation’s first bus boycott against segregated seating in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His efforts then served as a model for the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama in 1955, regarded as one of the pivotal and best known events in the history of the civil rights struggle. The battle for racial justice pressed on when on 10th August 1967, students from Bogalusa, Louisiana, began a 106-mile march to Baton Rouge to raise awareness of violence against African-Americans nationwide as the civil rights battle continued to gather momentum throughout Louisiana and the Deep South. The march ended 10 days later with a rally on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol. By the time the marchers reached the Capitol, their numbers had grown from just 25 to over 600. They were protected by over 2,000 National Guardsmen and police officers. The fact that the federal government came to the aid of the marchers demonstrated the seriousness of the situation, but also the level of support from the federal government to enforce new civil rights legislation.

How One Little Girl in New Orleans Inspired a Nation

New Orleans is a landmark site for public school integration for two reasons: a courthouse and its judges, and a brave little girl named Ruby Bridges. Aged 6, Ruby was the only African-American student to attend William Frantz Elementary upon its integration. The history of the civil rights movement in Louisiana is filled with powerful images, few more so than Ruby Bridge being escorted by federal marshals as she faced an angry mob of segregationists, received daily threats to her well-being and intense harassment. Nevertheless, she continued attending the school and many community members, both black and white, stepped in to protect her. Ruby became a symbol of bravery and hope during the nationwide battle for school integration and a powerful figure in the history of the South.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit was home to the “Fifth Four” - four judges who contributed to several landmark civil rights decisions regarding school desegregation and because of these judges children like Ruby were able to attend formerly all-white schools and be educated alongside white students.

Inspired by the story of Ruby Bridges and school integration, Norman Rockwell confronted the issue of prejudice head-on with one of the most powerful paintings - "The Problem We All Live With", see below...

The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell

Haunted History in Louisiana

Louisiana has a lot of haunted history and spooky sides, with intriguing ghost stories and paranormal activity around the state. Here is a list of just some of the homes, buildings or tours you can do.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau, is one of the many famous residents who is buried (and said to haunt) New Orleans’ oldest cemetery. Dating back to 1789 and situated close to the French Quarter, the cemetery houses 100,000 of the city’s dead – many who are still thought to walk the grounds. Visitors can take a cemetery tour but only with a licensed tour guide.

Arnaud's Restaurant

If you would like to see some classy, fine dressed ghosts then 100 year old Arnaud’s Restaurant in New Orleans is the place. Count Arnaud himself has been known to appear in the dining room, dressed in a tuxedo and smiling and guests have also reported a finely dressed woman in a hat strolling around  before disappearing into a wall. A group of ghostly gentlemen have also been spotted sitting at the bar after hours, their friendly spirits adding to the charm of this old establishment.

LaLaurie Mansion

Ghost hunters swear this is the most haunted house in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The highly influential, French-Creole Delphine LaLaurie was known to throw lavish parties, until one day a fire swept through the house revealing a darker side when chained and tortured slaves were discovered. These tortured souls are still looking for revenge, and although some historians say the tales are not true why not take a haunted tour of LaLaurie Mansion and decide for yourself.

Oak Alley Plantation

The oak lined path leading to Oak Alley Plantation is a popular Louisiana photograph in Vacherie. However, the trees protect the secrets of the past as staffs have seen ghostly figures at the windows and heard the sounds of horse and carriage coming up the alley when nothing is there. When 35 visitors witnessed a candlestick fly across the room on their tour of the mansion the TV show Ghost Hunters decided to film there in August 2008.

Myrtles Plantation

Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville is said to be one of America’s most haunted homes and has been featured on national TV shows. You can even stay the night in this haunted home or take a mystery tour on a Friday or Saturday night. The story is of Chloe, who was a slave punished for eavesdropping on the family and taking her revenge by baking them a poisoned birthday cake. Chloe is said to still haunt the plantation and has been witnessed but tourists and residents.

Louisiana's Old State Capitol

Great orator and defender of the common people, Avoyelles' Parish Legislator Pierre Couvillon suffered a heart attack in the capitol's chambers after a spirited speech about corrupt politicians and it seems that he loved his job so much that he never left the Neo-Gothic Old State Capitol building in Baton Rouge. Couvillon’s large footprints have appeared on the Senate floor and a rumpled bed in the exhibit hall could maybe have been his resting spot for the night.

Calcasieu Courthouse

Toni Jo Henry, although beautiful and charming, had a sinister side that led to her murdering a man in the 40s. She became a celebrity in Lake Charles over her three trials, which eventually saw her become the first female executed in the electric chair in Louisiana. Jail officers think Toni Jo still hangs around the cells, turning on electrical equipment and talking to the guards.

Magnolia Plantation

During the 2009 Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures investigators heard the chanting of voodoo rituals and tapping noises while filming in the former slave cabin of this Natchitoches Plantation. Spirits of former slaves haunt the plantation’s hospital and cabin where anthropologists found evidence of voodoo. Although the mansion is a private residence the National Park Service own the remainder of the complex and do open for tours.

Loyd Hall Plantation

The black sheep in his London-based family, the original owner of Loyd Hall Plantation took his money stateside around 1820 and was doing well for himself until the Civil War, when his dealings as a double spy led to his hanging by Union soldiers. He was the first of several deaths including a Union soldier discovered in the attic and a slave nanny tragically poisoned. The ghosts of Loyd Hall Plantation in Cheneyville are said to ring doorbells, move tableware and play the violin but it’s the bed and breakfast guests that get the biggest surprise.

Shreveport Municipal Auditorium

The mischievous ghost of Sarge particularly spooks the ladies at Shreveports’ Municipal Auditorium as he loves to play with women’s hair, ruffling shorter hair and stroking longer hair. But he’s not the only cheeky ghost at this National Landmark, there’s also a young girl who likes to run around opening and closing doors.

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