Pre-prohibition cocktails and modern twists on classics

Le Louvre


    1oz Bourbon

    1oz Aperol

    1oz Domaine de Canton

    1 Luxardo Cherry


    Add all liquids to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir. Serve up in a chilled glass. Garnish with a Luxardo cherry.


    This is a variation of the RC St.G, or a variation of a variation (distant cousin) of an Old Pal or Boulevardier. The drink came about while trying to make the RC St.G but being out of St. Germain. The Domaine de Canton adds a similar sweetness as well as a ginger flavor. Campari (the typical spirit in an Old Pal/Boulevardier) overpowered the flavor of the ginger. After some experimenting, Le Louvre was born. Similar to the RC St.G, this cocktail is refreshing, with a hint of bitterness from the Aperol and a ginger laced finish. Higher proof whiskeys work best in this one.


    A dash of Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit gives the drink a new funk. Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Shrub adds to the spice of the ginger. Orange bitters also is good twist. Be creative.

    4 Responses to “Le Louvre”

    1. keith

      The Canton was too strong in the initial flavor and the Aperol in the aftertaste with Bourbon dominating the nose, however, adding a hearty dose of orange bitters brought everything in line and the result was quite good.

      • The Straight Up

        Thanks! Glad the orange bitters worked out for you. It’s amazing how bitters can really change up the flavor/make the drink more cohesive. It’s interesting with the hopped grapefruit bitters as well.


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