Creole Cocktail

Creole Cocktail

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
327 Calories
0g Fat
21g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 327
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 49mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The Creole cocktail is a timeless favorite that is a lot like a bourbon Manhattan but with a herbal-cherry twist. This drink can be found in a few early bartending guides, including the 1939 edition of W.C. Whitfield's "Just Cocktails."

While it has the whiskey-sweet vermouth combination that makes the Manhattan wonderful, Bénédictine Liqueur sets the Creole cocktail apart. It brings in an herbal sweetness and is accented nicely with maraschino, offering a new dimension of flavor to a very familiar drink.

The ratio used here is similar to that of the original recipe. It did need a few adjustments to get the quantity up to a modern-sized cocktail, though.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.

  3. Stir well.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  5. Garnish with a lemon twist. Serve and enjoy!


  • As with any Manhattan-like cocktail, the Creole will be best with a top-shelf whiskey. Choose one that you wouldn't mind drinking on its own.
  • Sweet vermouth is a fortified wine, so it has a shorter shelf-life than liqueurs. If your opened bottled has not been stored in the refrigerator or it's been open longer than a few months, it's time to replace it.
  • Whenever you serve a cocktail "up," it's best to chill the glass. It will keep your drink cool and refreshing for a longer period of time. The easiest way is to place a few ice cubes in the cocktail glass while you're mixing the drink, then dump them before straining.
  • This cocktail can also be served on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass. It's a popular option for the Manhattan and a nice choice for any drinks it has inspired over the years.

Recipe Variations

  • The Creole cocktail will work with other styles of whiskey. You might want to try it with a bold, spicy rye or a super-smooth blend from Ireland or Canada. It can also be very interesting with a blended scotch.
  • Add a dash of bitters if you like. Good accents would be aromatic bitters, chocolate bitters, or one that's barrel-aged.
  • If you skip the vermouth and maraschino liqueur, you'll have a derby cocktail.

How Strong Is a Creole Cocktail?

You likely noticed that the Creole cocktail is made entirely of liquor, which does make it a very strong drink. Using the average alcohol content for each of the ingredients, this cocktail, at its weakest, is 30% ABV (60 proof), though it can easily be much stronger. Stir very well to soften the alcohol and marry the flavors.