And now for a little story. Once upon a time, there was a couple who traveled from their home to a dreamy vacation destination – Sea Island, Georgia. The gentleman had a work meeting at this destination and his fiancé was getting to tag along to be pampered compliments of the gentleman’s employer, as all of the significant others were also being pampered. The resort, a place called The Cloister, was beyond lovely – it was a five star resort that had clearly earned every single one of its stars. The rumor was that when they rebuilt it a few years ago (the original resort had become too worn and outdated to maintain the five start status), that each room had had over a million dollars put into it. Just from the looks of the gorgeous room the couple was assigned to, the rumor was true.
The couple arrived a few days early so they could take advantage of the gorgeous location and so they could take a golf lesson and play a round on one of the gorgeous golf courses. After an amazing day on the golf course, the couple got cleaned up, had dinner and then decided to explore one of the bar areas in the hotel. They had a drink in the main bar but then stumbled upon a library-like lounge called The Georgian Room Lounge. With its dark wood paneling and candle light, it seemed like something right up their alley. Then they met William, the bartender and semi-pro golfer. He was so generous and kind. They immediately fell in love with this place. The woman decided to ask William for a drink suggestion and he pointed her towards a drink on the menu called a Sazerac. He shared some history too. The Sazerac is often called “the oldest cocktail in America”, which may not actually be true but sure makes for a good story. It is, however, the official cocktail of New Orleans. And it became her new favorite drink. Maybe it was the gorgeous hotel. Maybe it was being pampered at the spa or the horseback riding. Or maybe William just made a damn good drink.
Either way, the couple decided to go back to The Cloister and The Georgian Room Lounge a few months later after they were married. They were taking a “tiny-moon” right after their wedding to rest up (taking a longer honeymoon that fall) and they so loved The Cloister, they could think of no where better. William was still there and so were the Sazeracs. And the newlyweds had several during their time there.
As you’ve probably guessed by now, the lucky couple was The Hubbs and I. And the Sazerac is still my favorite drink. We’ve been back one more time since and sadly, William is gone, but the Georgian Room Lounge is still there and serving Sazeracs.
Here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. . . . the recipe:
Traditionally, the drink is made with cognac, but these days you’ll often find it made with Rye or Bourbon. I prefer Rye (Templeton being my favorite).
- 5 oz Rye
- 1 oz Absinthe
- One sugar cube (or the equivalent if you don’t have a cube)
- Three dashes Peychaud’s Bitters (or Agostura if you can’t find Peychaud’s)
- Lemon (you just need a peel twist for garnish)
Rinse a chilled old-fashioned glass with the absinthe, add crushed ice and set it aside.
Stir the remaining ingredients over ice in a shaker and set it aside. Discard the ice and any excess absinthe from the prepared glass, and strain the drink into the glass. Add the Lemon peel for garnish.
And you’re done. Now drink it. And then another. And maybe another. Then go hit the dance floor because by then, you’ll be a fabulous dancer. And we can all take pictures of you and show them to you tomorrow. That’s how much we love you. And you’re welcome.