Mardi gras aka Fat Tuesday
Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday; in English the day is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday, from the word shrive, meaning “confess.
Sazerac ~ cocktail
Said to be The Big Easy’s first cocktail, it was originally served at the Sazerac Coffee House.
YIELD: Makes 1 serving
COURSE: Beverages, Beverages, Alcoholic
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup rye whiskey or bourbon
1/4 teaspoon bitters
1/4 teaspoon anise liqueur
Lemon rind twist
Cook 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat 5 minutes, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and cool.
Pack a 3 1/2-ounce cocktail glass with ice cubes, and set glass aside.
Combine whiskey, bitters, sugar syrup, and a few ice cubes in a cocktail shaker; stir to chill.
Discard ice cubes in cocktail glass. Coat inside of glass with liqueur, shaking out excess liqueur. (For stronger licorice flavor, leave excess liqueur in glass.) Rub lemon rind over rim of glass, and discard rind.
Strain whiskey mixture into prepared glass. Serve drink immediately.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Jim Beam Straight Rye Whiskey, Peychaud’s Bitters, and Herbsaint anise liqueur. Rye whiskey is distilled from rye grain instead of wheat and barley, giving it a smooth, rich flavor similar to that of bourbon.
Southern Living APRIL 2004