The Sazerac

Many carnival goers will suck down Hurricanes and Hand Grenades this Mardi Gras season, but neither one of
these sugary panty-dropping beverages is the official cocktail of New Orleans. The Louisiana Legislature
crowned the Sazerac the winner of this of this most prestigious honor. There is no official cocktail of Baton
Rouge. DBG is sure the Metro Council would get angry letters from all manner of religious groups in the area if
such a salacious matter was up for a vote.

Many believe that the Sazerac was the first cocktail ever invented. A Creole apothecary named Antoine Amadie
Peychaud perfected this mixture back in the 1830s. It quickly became a late night hit with all of his friends.
Peychaud served his signature drink in a coquetier (a fancy French word for egg cup). Mispronounce coquetier,
and it becomes cocktail. The recipe changed a bit over the years. The modern Sazerac consists of rye whiskey,
Angostura bitters, Peychaud’s bitters, Herbsaint, sugar, and lemon. Enjoy one at The Sazerac Bar, Napoleon
House, or Café Amelie.

Not going down to the Big Easy? Make your own! Here is a standard recipe:
sazerac-cocktail. Martin Wine Cellar will have the bitters you need.

Remember, Mardi Gras is a marathon, not a sprint!

p.s. Send DBG your nominations for the official cocktail of Red Stick.