It’s Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, and what better place to spend it than New Orleans. But, alas, we’ll have to wait until Tales of the Cocktail this July to get our bums over there. We can only imagine what those crazy folks will be up to, or probably already are up to, down in the big easy. It’s also Super Tuesday, and I’d like to ask all of you to get out and vote at your local polling place. Wait until after going to your local polling place to start partying, k? A pretty sweet place to partake in Mardi Gras activities in my hood is Two Boots of Brooklyn, a Cajun-Italian family kind of place, that specializes the cuisine of NOLA. They’ll have live music at 9pm, costumes, Hurricane cocktails, and of course their delicious food.
This cocktail, the classic New Orleans cocktail, is dedicated to Antoine Peychaud, the pharmacist and inventor of this, America’s first cocktail. We give thanks to you, Monsier Peychaud, on this very holy day. Without you, I wouldn’t be sitting here blogging. Enjoy:
The Sazarac Cocktail
(adapted from the Old Mr. Boston Official Bar-Tenders Guide, 1935)
1 1/2 oz. Sazerac Kentucky Rye Whiskey
1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
1 dash Absinthe
1 tsp. simple syrup
Directions: Shake well with cracked ice, and strain into Old Fashioned cocktail glass (rocks glass).
Garnish: Sprig of fresh mint (or try a lemon twist)
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