This Is the Official Cocktail of New Orleans for Good Reason!
It’s almost Mardi Gras, and whether or not you’re headed to New Orleans, if you’re celebrating Nola-style then there are certainly some good cocktails in your future. And the Sazerac is not only the official cocktail of New Orleans — it’s actually rumored to be the oldest known American cocktail ever created. That’s a lot of history in one little drink!
The original cocktail called for a rinse of absinthe long before it was banned in the States. If you want to capture that original taste, use Pernod as your anise-flavored spirit. The base of the cocktail was initially a French cognac called Sazerac-de-Forge et Fils, which is where the drink got its name. When bar owner Aaron Bird started crafting these cocktails back in the 1850s, he worked with the local apothecary, Antoine Amedie Peychaud, on the mix. Recognize the name? Peychaud’s Bitters! He created his own custom bitters, similar to Angostura bitters, but with a lighter body, sweeter taste, and more floral aroma. It’s now one of the definitive components of the Sazerac cocktail.
The history of this drink is also responsible for the term “Old Fashioned.” The Sazerac was a riff on the plain whiskey or cognac cocktail, but patrons whose taste buds weren’t attuned to ingredients like absinthe and Peychaud’s would ask for their cocktails to be the “Old Fashioned” way. The more you know!
From Paul Clarke, Serious Eats
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3 or 4 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
- a few drops water
- 2 ounces rye whiskey
- 1 teaspoon absinthe
- lemon peel
- Chill an Old Fashioned glass or small tumbler in the freezer.
- In a mixing glass, combine sugar, Peychaud’s Bitters, and a few drops of water. Mix until the sugar is dissolved, and add rye whiskey. Add plenty of ice and stir for about 30 seconds to chill.
- Remove the chilled glass from the freezer and pour the absinthe or anise-flavored liquor into your chilled glass and rotate until the inside is well-coated. Discard the excess. Strain the cocktail from your mixing glass into your serving glass.
- Twist a lemon peel over the drink and enjoy!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)