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Mastering the Vieux Carré Cocktail

Swanky gold chain curtains suspended from the ceiling surrounding a velvet sofa seating area. Decorative globe chandeliers dimly illuminate the space above comfy leather club chairs and a grand velvet-clad VIP banquette with a neon sign welcoming guests to “Make pour decisions.” It’s a vibe commonly found only in an urban nightlife scene, but with the new Social Oak Wine & Whiskey Lounge opening in Trophy Club, it’s a golf cart ride away.

Social Oak Wine & Whiskey Lounge is a 21-and-up chic, upscale lounge with a cool speakeasy vibe located in the heart of Trophy Club at the Trophy Club Town Center. With 56 wines and 28 whiskeys by the pour(choose from an ounce to a glass) on state-of-the-art dispensing machines, over 250 wines by the bottle from around the world, 100+ whiskeys at their full bar, and enticing shareable plates, Social Oak offers guests a unique upscale wine and whiskey experience like no other.

“During my travels, I had stumbled upon some amazing wine bars, and there was one in particular that had the wine pouring machines,” Social Oak owner Vinh Le says of the inspiration behind the concept. “I fell in love with the social aspect of walking up to the machines and talking to people about the wines. I loved trying a small pour before committing to a full glass or bottle. I chose to open the first location in Trophy Club because we have so many sophisticated wine and whiskey drinkers in the area, and it’s hard to find an upscale lounge for adults only without having to drive to Dallas or Fort Worth.”

Doors are open seven nights a week at 4 pm. Happy hour Sunday through Friday from 4-6 pm. Visit their website at http://www.socialoaklounge.com to view their menu and reserve your table. Some nights fill up quickly, so reservations are highly recommended.

You’ll find bar manager Chris Koegle slinging drinks in his dapper attire at their full bar. Cocktails range from a classic Old Fashioned to an eclectic Black Dahlia. For our readers, Chris shares one of his favorite drinks, the Vieux Carré. A bold drink born in New Orleans’ legendary Carousel Bar.

Vieux Carré

INGREDIENTS

·         2 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters

·         2 dashes Angostura Bitters

·         ¼ oz Simple Syrup

·         ½ oz Antica Sweet Vermouth

·         1 ¼ oz Rye – Sazerac

·         1 ¼ oz Cognac – Hennessey

·         ¼ oz Dom Benedictine

·         1 Lemon Rind

INSTRUCTIONS

·         Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice.

·         Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube.

·         Garnish with Lemon Rind.

The Vieux Carré cocktail is a classic, bold drink that impresses any whiskey or cocktail enthusiast. This drink is sophisticated and complex, perfectly balancing rye, cognac, and sweet vermouth. The addition of Peychaud's and Angostura bitters, along with a hint of Dom Benedictine and a lemon rind garnish, elevates the flavors and aroma of the drink. Whether you want to impress guests at a party or enjoy a drink on a quiet evening, the Vieux Carré is a recipe worth trying.

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