In honor of our brethren down in New Orleans, that just won their first Super Bowl, I offer the following cocktail recipe for the Sazerac. Invented in the 1830's by Antoine Amedee Peychaud, this is storied to be the first cocktail invented in America. In 2008, it was designated legally as the official cocktail of New Orleans. You will need:
1 1/2 oz Rye whiskey (don't use bourbon)
1 cube sugar
1 Tablespoon Herbsaint or Absinthe
lemon peel garnish
two old fashioned or rocks glasses
pack one old fashioned or rocks glass with ice. In a second glass, muddle the sugar cube with three dashes of the bitters. Add the Rye to the bitters mixture. Dump the ice out of the first glass when chilled. To the chilled glass, add the Herbsaint or Absinthe, and swirl around to coat the sides of the glass. Dump out any remaining Herbsaint or Absinthe. Now add the Rye mixture to that glass. Squeeze one drop of oil out of the lemon peel into the drink, garnish with the peel, and enjoy.
Congratulations to the Saints. Cheers, and have a great day.