New Orleans cocktail are wise and wonderful things. I mean where else do you find a whole movement, festival and awards dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of it. It’s been claimed that the cocktail itself started in New Orleans at an apothecary shop, the museum of which still exists in the French Quarter next to Napoleon House. It’s also been claimed that the Sazerac was the very first cocktail ever.
New Orleans Cocktails Movement In the Spotlight As 3 NOLA Bars and Bartender Named Semifinalists in 9th Annual Spirited Awards
In this video we have Chris Hannah, finalist for American Bartender of the Year, who runs the French 75 Bar housed in Arnaud’s restaurant. Here he is talking about his take on the Sazerac, calling it “really masculine way” in the way they make it. Some ‘racs” can be too sweet and icky. But I’ve had the one at the French 75 and I can attest to its boldness and beauty.
If you watch the video he tells you exactly how they make the Sazerac and why it is so good. One secret is keeping the bottle of rye in the fridge. Hm. I will have to try that.
Here’s a little more info about the Awards on the NOLA.com site:
Earlier in the year, Arnaud’s French 75 was a semifinalist for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program (along with Cane & Table). (Sazerac and French 75 Bar were named to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune’s list of Top 10 bars for 2014 while Cane & Table was named one of the Top 5 new bars for 2014. French 75 Bar subsequently won the readers’ poll of the Top 10 bars.)
So here’s to New Orleans cocktails. And really no one no where can make these blended bar drinks like we do in New Orleans.