Back in 1935, when The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book first hit shelves, mixing port into a cocktail was a regular occurrence, giving drinks a tannic edge and winey fruitiness. Even so, the Suburban, a riff on the Manhattan, is a rare breed of cocktail—even for the ‘30s. A mix of rye whiskey, dark rum, bitters and port, the Suburban is deep and jammy with a round, velvety texture that hugs your mouth.
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, and stir.
- Strain into a lowball glass.
The Vieux Carre may not have the same Big Easy cred as the Sazerac, but it is as quintessentially New Orleanian as beignets, oyster po’ boys and party beads. Invented at the Monteleone Hotel in 1938, it mirrors the city’s Franco-American style with a backbone of rye and sweet vermouth, along with a heady mix of Cognac and Benedictine.