Gin Cocktails at Sazerac Bar

Not Just a Traditional Bar, But a Historic One: Sazerac Bar

130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans

The Sazerac Bar

There are drinking establishments that have an ambiance based on tradition and history. Then there’s the Sazerac Bar. Its name and lineage is entangled not only with the signature drink of its home city — even the Louisiana legislature has recognized the Sazerac as the official beverage of the city of New Orleans — but a drink that is also considered the world’s first cocktail. If that were not enough, in the days of the infamous Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long — the “Kingfish” — it was widely referred to as “Huey’s office.”

Coquetier – a distilled liquor mixed with flavoring ingredients

Once upon a time, in about 1838, a New Orleans chemist with an adventurous spirit by the name of Antoine Amedie Peychaud began making a concoction, a kind of Brandy toddy — by 1850 the drink was being made with Sazerac French Brandy — and used an egg cup to in making and/or serving it. This item was a coquetier, pronounced “ko-k-tay,” and it’s how we ended up with the word cocktail, whose modern meaning Merriam-Webster describes as a drink of “distilled liquor mixed with flavoring ingredients.”


The Roosevelt Hotel
The Roosevelt Hotel

Photo Credits: The Roosevelt Hotel

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Written by Peter L. Smith

Peter Letzelter-Smith is a writer and editor living in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Well-travelled throughout Europe, North America, and New Zealand, he’s lived in New York, London, Dublin, and Nürnberg. Prior to settling down into life as a wordsmith, he worked in the entertainment industry, both as a stagehand in live theater and a motion picture technician. When not walking two Australian shepherds he’s juggling kids, a garden, and pursuing the moving target of living the good life.

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