Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday Happy Hour: Sazarac

The Sazarac, hailing from New Orleans, is said to be the original cocktail. In honor of Mardi Gras, we're pleased to suggest this venerable drink to you! Its components are whiskey (bourbon or rye), sugar, bitters (Peychaud), absinthe (now that it's legal, at last!), and twists of orange and lemon. Beyond the mere ingredients, a big part of this drink's mystique is the method in which it's made. In the recipe above, they call for just 1 cube of ice. In the recipe below, they offer a slightly different, albeit quite precise, technique:

In classic New Orleans fashion, it's all about the style with which you do it. Here's another charming recipe from our Repeal-era Mohawk recipe booklet that we wanted to share with you:

Generally the same ingredients and procedure. We love the irregular spelling and vintage feel. Happy Mardi Gras -- and cheers!

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