At this moment there is bill that just passed the Louisiana Senate Committee and is on the way to the full Louisiana Senate. Once the Senate passes the bill it will be looking for sponsorship in the House that will make the Sazerac the Official State of Louisiana Cocktail.
The Sazerac was invented in New Orleans by Antoine Peychaud, of Peychaud's Bitters. This cocktail is among the first cocktails and is accepted as THE first cocktail of Louisiana. It is a wonderful cocktail that has a spicy sweet flavor that truly complements that of the Big Easy.
Antoine Peychaud, a Creole immigrant, operated a pharmacy on the French Quarter's Royal Street in the 1830s. With his background as an apothecary, he was a natural mixologist. His friends would gather for late-night revelry at his pharmacy. Peychaud would mix brandy, absinthe and a dash of his secret bitters for his guests. Later this quaff would come to be known as the Sazerac. (13)Sazerac
0.25 oz Herbsaint (or other Absinthe substitute)
0.25 oz Simple Syrup
2 dashes Peychaud bitters
2 oz rye whiskey
Add ice to an old fashioned glass and let it sit. In a second glass add bitters, simple syrup, and rye. Stir this mixture with ice for 10 seconds. In the first glass discard the ice and add the Absinthe substitute. Coat the entire inside of the glass. This can be done by throwing the glass up in the air while spinning it. If you do this you are likely to get some splash on yourself. You can discard any extra Absinthe substitute. Now strain the 2nd glass into the coated chilled glass. the last step is to garnish with a twist of lemon making sure to rim the glass with the twist.
This cocktail is as much of a historical landmark as the French Quarter. When visitors come to our state for the first time the cocktail they should try is the Sazerac and this law will solidify that notion.
Ann Rogers, the non-profit New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society, and Tales of the Cocktail are the drive behind this movement. If all goes according to plan the Sazerac will be the Official Cocktail of Louisiana prior to Tales of the Cocktail event on July 16-20, 2008. As if we needed another reason to celebrate at TotC!
If you want to help the Sazerac earn this well deserved status then we need help lobbying the House Representatives. Contact me at bar.mix.master[at]gmail.com to find out how.