New Orleans Cocktails Stir Up Memories

You can sit at the bar at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans and drink history. Order a Sazerac – it’s the very first cocktail, dating back to the early 1800s, when Antoine Peychaud, who owned an apothecary in the French Quarter, served customers a recipe of his own bitters and Sazerac cognac for extra zest.

Cousins Ti Adelaide Martin and Lally Brennan, who preside over Commander’s Palace, say of this drink, “Cocktails would never have caught on if the original one wasn’t such a perfect concoction.”

Martin and Brennan are the authors of In the Land of Cocktails, a compilation of cocktail recipes and stories about drinking in New Orleans.

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