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Happy Hour: Sazerac

If the classic Mardi Gras Hurricane is not really your style, make another extremely popular drink born in New Orleans: the Sazerac. There is a lot of debate around this drink as some consider it to be the first cocktail ever mixed. The Sazerac was invented by an apothecary shop owner in the 1830s and over the years the recipe has changed slightly. Today we substitute whiskey for the cognac of the original recipe and the use of Absinthe as an ingredient had to be modified after it was outlawed by the US government in 1912.

Pernod, an anis flavored liquor, is what current bartenders have employed since the ban. To make this in celebration of Fat Tuesday, take a look at this old school cocktail recipe,

From Drinks Mixer

1/4 oz bourbon whiskey
2 oz Pernod® licorice liqueur
1 dash Angostura® bitters
1 tsp sugar
1 twist lemon peel

  1. Place a sugar cube into an old-fashioned glass, and saturate with angostura bitters.
  2. Add ice cubes, pour in liquors, and add a twist of lemon peel.
  3. Fill with water, stir well, and serve.
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