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Cardamom + Banana Vieux Carre

A spritz of lemon oil helps balance the sweetness of banana liqueur and the spice of cardamom in this take on the Vieux Carre.


  • ¾ oz. rye whiskey
  • ¾ oz. Cognac
  • ¼ oz. Giffard Banana Liqueur
  • ¼ oz. cardamom syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 4 drops cardamom bitters (Auger uses Scrappy's)
  • Tools:barspoon
  • Glass:rocks
  • Garnish:lemon peel


Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a rocks glass over a single large ice cube. Twist a lemon peel over the top of the drink to release the citrus oils, then use as a garnish.

Cardamom Syrup: Combine 16 oz. of water with 16 oz. of sugar and 1 Tbsp. of powdered green cardamom in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes before removing from heat. Strain and let cool. Store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.


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