For Rex

Neal Bodenheimer | New Orleans

Neal Bodenheimer’s For Rex pays tribute to his home city of New Orleans and its particular affinity for anise-flavored spirits. Dedicated to the carnival krewe of the same name, For Rex riffs on the classic Ojen cocktail, a Mardi Gras favorite comprising Ojen, bitters, sugar, and water, with an added level of complexity by way of St-Germain. The combination of elderflower and anise-based Ojen recalls the original recipe for another anise-flavored liqueur, Sambuca, which incorporated elderflower as a major component.

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Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces Ojen, preferably Legendre
  • 3/4 ounce St-Germain
  • 5 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Garnish: Dash Peychaud’s bitters

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a rocks glass over crushed ice.
  2. Swizzle to combine then garnish with a dash of Peychaud’s.