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Mardi gras aka Fat Tuesday

February 21, 2012

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

Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Ice cubes

1/4 cup rye whiskey or bourbon

1/4 teaspoon bitters

1/4 teaspoon anise liqueur

Lemon rind twist

Preparation

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


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2 Comments
  1. Mmmm… looks delicious!

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