With all the furor over pay raises, news of one of the
recent legislative session’s historic accomplishments has been largely
overshadowed. On the last day of the session, state legislators canonized
Sazerac as the official cocktail of New Orleans. SB 6 originally called for
Sazerac to become the official state cocktail, but was amended to exclusively
cover New Orleans. The bill authorizes the drink’s “use on official documents
of the city of New Orleans and with the insignia of the city of New Orleans.” Invented
in the Crescent City, the Sazerac cocktail was named by John Schiller in 1859
upon the opening of his Sazerac Coffee House in New Orleans. Click here to
listen to NPR’s Robert Siegel learn about the intricacies of the famed Southern cocktail
and its rich history.
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