On my never ending quest to find cocktails that can mix in with our love of travel I stumbled upon what is arguably the first know cocktail served in America. Now like most of my blog posts historians and drink historians (didn’t know that was a thing, but I may need to switch careers) have debated the topic at hand and all I can tell you is some believe it and others don’t. We’re going to lean towards the former and say this is the oldest cocktail in America and we do have a way for you to try it. So without furth adieu today’s featured drink is the Sazerac. If you’ve never heard of it, you’re not alone, I didn’t know about it until I began writing this blog post. So let’s you and I learn a thing or two about the potential oldest mixed drink in American history.
Sazerac is actually the name of the Cognac used as the main ingredient in the cocktail. It is a local New Orleans variation of Cognac named Sazerac de Forge et Fils, which is just simply a brand of Cognac. The drink consists of Cognac, Absinthe, Peychaud’s bitters and sugar. It was claimed to originate before the civil war. As legend would have it in 1850 Sewell T. Taylor sold his bar located in New Orleans to a man named Aaron Bird. Under Taylor’s ownership the bar was called The Merchant Exchange Coffee House. After Taylor sold it he became a spirits importer, specifically Sazerac Cognac. Taylor and Bird had a good relationship and thus Taylor began to supply his former bar with liquor. Bird changed the name of the bar to the Sazerac Coffee house and began serving Sazerac cocktails with Sazerac cognac and bitters from a local Creole apothecary named Antoine Amedie Peychaud, hence the Peychaud’s bitters as one of the main ingredients. They say that this story can be disputed becuase people were mixing rye whiskey with similar ingredients earlier in the 19th century, and becuase the term cocktail came about before the drink there are holes in the story, but it’s truly up to you what side you’re going to believe.
As history has continued the drink has only gained popularity. In March 2008 Senator Edwin R. Murray called for it to become Louisiana’s state cocktail. Mr. Murray achieved his goal and it is now the state’s drink. Now I know what you’re thinking, I need to try this cocktail. Well lucky for you we have a group trip headed to New Orleans this coming winter. It would be the perfec time to enjoy history and sip on such a historic beverage.
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