The Sazerac

Posted in Recipes on August 19th, 2009 by Josh

Ingredients for a SazeracThe Sazerac is one of the oldest cocktails on record – and supposedly the first cocktail invented in America. It came into being in New Orleans, Louisiana in the 1830’s, and was originally made with cognac and Peychaud bitters (created by Antoine Amédée Peychaud). The Peychaud bitters are still a key ingredient, but the most common preparation of the cocktail is now with rye rather than cognac (even though our friend @halw likes to mess with bartenders by ordering it with cognac anyway.)

I came late to the Sazerac, but was introduced to it by another friend, @livethelushlife, who counts the Sazerac among her absolute favorite cocktails. And it really came to life for me when I had the chance to sample the cocktail in its native environment – New Orleans – where the Sazerac is still an institution. Read More

Tags: absinthe, cocktail, lemon, Peychaud bitters, rye, simple syrup

Vote for the best SxSW panel ever

Posted in Editor's Notes, Events on August 17th, 2009 by Josh

Calling all imbibers! Lindsey Johnson (@livethelushlife), who is one of the New York cocktail scene’s fearless leaders, and a close friend of ours, has submitted a wonderful panel idea to SxSW (South by Southwest). The panel is entitled Booze Blogging: Liquid Conversation. Now stop and think for a moment – can you think of any better topic for a panel discussion? We can’t.

Moving on: SxSW picks their panels by popular acclaim, so Lindsey needs your votes. Please head over to the SxSW PanelPicker and give Lindsey’s panel a big ol’ thumbs up. We need to carry the message of cocktail culture (and also our thoughts about building an audience, ethical blogging, etc.) to the masses.

Vote early. Vote often.


The Old Fashioned

Posted in Recipes on August 5th, 2009 by Josh

Ingredients for an Old FashionedAnyone who reads this blog knows that I’m a big fan of whisky – bourbon in particular. And in my mind, there’s no better bourbon cocktail than the Old Fashioned. Truly a classic (dating back to Harry Johnson’s recipes in 1888), and beautiful in its simplicity, the Old Fashioned adds some complexity with the inclusion of a small amount of sugar and bitters along with a twist of lemon and orange, but it still allows the unique flavor of whichever bourbon you’re using to shine through. As a result, I enjoy test driving new bourbons using this cocktail (after sampling them neat, of course!) Read More

Tags: angostura bitters, bacon, bourbon, cocktail, lemon, orange, PDT, sugar