The drink that eventually came to be known as a Sazerac was actually born in a pharmacy. Antoine Peychaud, a Creole apothecary of Haitian descent, set up shop in the French Quarter in the early 19th Century.
(PRWEB) December 16, 2013
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“The drink that eventually came to be known as a Sazerac was actually born in a pharmacy,” writes The Rev. “Antoine Peychaud, a Creole apothecary of Haitian descent, set up shop in the French Quarter in the early 19th Century. In addition to dispensing his traditional ‘medicines,’ Peychaud formulated a gentian-based bitters recipe in his New Orleans pharmacy around the year 1830 and began selling it after-hours for ‘medicinal purposes.’”
Cognac was used in the original recipe, but during the late 19th century, an epidemic of the grape phylloxera, a louse that feeds on the roots and leaves of grapevines, nearly wiped out the French vineyards that produce the grapes used to produce Cognac. With Cognac almost impossible to get, Rye was used as a substitute.
The Rev also discusses the role Absinthe played in the original recipe. The popular French liqueur was replaced with Herbsaint, following “a rather nasty smear campaign by the growing numbers of prohibitionists in the United States.”
For readers who are interested in pairing their cigars with a Sazerac, The Rev notes the kind of cigars that go best with the drink. For those who want to try making a Sazerac at home, the recipe is also included.
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