Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Louisiana's Bicentennial Video Spotlight: The Coktail a la Louisiane

Louisiana is celebrating it's 200th year of Statehood this week and to honor my home state's bicentennial birthday I thought I would celebrate with a classic cocktail named after Her.
The Cocktail a la Louisiane

Click here to watch the cocktail being made! 

The land that eventually became the Bayou State was discovered in the early 1500s by a group of Spanish explorers. No one took much interest in the area until 200 years later when the French began their quest for religious and commercial outposts throughout the Americas. The territory surrounding the mouth of the Mississippi traded hands between the French & Spanish for the next 100 years until it was finally purchased by the US of A and became the State of Louisiana April 30th, 1812.

Today's Quick Fix pays tribute to Louisiana's French heritage with a drink rooted deep in French culture. Stanley Clisby Arthur Famous New Orleans Drinks & How To Mix 'Em describes this cocktail as:

"This is the special cocktail served at the Restaurant de la Louisiane, one of the famous French restaurants of New Orleans, long the rendexvous of those who appreciate the best in Creole cuisine. La Louisiane cocktail is as out-of-the-ordinary as the many distinctive dishes that grace its menu." 
The Restaurant de la Louisiane

Cocktail a la Louisiane
3/4 oz Sazerac Rye
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
3/4 oz Benedictine
2 sprays of Herbsaint
3 dashes of Peychaud's Bitters

Cheers to 200 years ya'll!

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