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History of Sazerac

History of Sazerac

The History of the Sazerac

The bar was owned by Thomas H. Handy & Co.  Handy was making bitters from a proprietary recipe he had purchased from A.A. Peychaud. Whiskey drinks had recently become the prefered spirit over brandy. Due to the largely French influenced culture of New Orleans, brandy had reigned supreme until the turn of the 20th century. The Improved Whiskey Cocktail had become a popular staple at most watering holes. The Improved Cocktail was called such because it was a modern variation of the Old Fashioned (which only became known as the Old Fashioned because of its more athletic and popular younger brother). At the Sazerac House, you could find possibly the best mixed whiskey drinks and Improved Cocktails. There’s was naturally referred to as the “Sazerac”. As with many cocktails there is a bit controversy over recipe. The debates are over the following: cognac or rye, simply Peychaud’s or Peychaud’s and angostura, and absinthe or maraschino