“I like to pay homage to the lesser known New Orleans cocktails,” says Maxwell Britten, head bartender of Brooklyn cocktail bar Maison Premiere. Britten adapted his Old Hickory—a reference to President Andrew Jackson’s nickname—from Stanley Clisby Arthur’s 1937 Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ‘Em. His version includes the addition of Peychaud’s bitters, another nod to its New Orleans roots. Because the drink is a vermouth-based, low-proof cocktail Britten likes to suggest it as an unorthodox, but compatible companion to oysters (Maison’s culinary specialty).
- 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth (preferably Carpano Antica)
- 1 ounce dry vermouth (preferably Dolin)
- 4 dashes Peychaud's bitters
- 4 dashes orange bitters
Garnish: orange peel
- Add all ingredients to a mixing glass.
- Add ice and stir until chilled.
- Strain over ice into a rocks glass.
- Garnish with an orange peel.