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I will never forget the morning of September 11th, 2001. I awoke to my then girlfriend running in the room and telling me that I had to turn on the television. It was about 9 AM and just before the second plane had hit. I turned on the TV to scenes of horror, black smoke and utter confusion in the newsroom of every channel I flipped. Then it happened... As I was watching and flipped by Fox News, they were interviewing someone on the street and in the background I saw it. The second plane went crashing into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. I couldn't believe what I had just witnessed, and it even took the reporters and studio hosts to know it had happened. At the moment, I could just remember being confused. I had just woken up and didn't quite have my senses about me yet, and here we are under what could only be considered an attack.


The Sazerac is New Orleans oldest and most famous cocktail. The tale goes that around 1838 in New Orleans, Louisiana a local pharmacy owner named Antoine Peychaud started putting together a special cocktail with brandy, absinthe and his own special creation of bitters and serving it late night to his friends at the French Quarter location. In 1850, Sewell Taylor, owner of The Merchants Exchange Coffee House would start serving the cocktail with his brandy, Sazerac de Forge which he was the sole importer, and marketing the drink as the Sazerac. Taylor would go on to sell his bar and new owner Aaron Bird would rename it sold his bar to the Sazerac Coffee House. The original cocktail recipe featured the Sazerac de Forge, Absinthe, sugar and bitters from local bitters maker Peychaud.


We chose to start our series off with one of the most classic cocktails in the history of cocktails. It's simple, easy and since the 1880's one of the most delicious recipes ever invented. But first, a little history on what makes up a cocktail... A cocktail is made up of four simple ingredients. Spirit, sugar, water, and bitters. That's it. No more, no less. Once you understand that basic concept you can then begin to develop your own recipes and concoctions. The Old Fashioned is no different.