Sazerac Cocktail mixed by Lalit Limbu, assistant manager, at Armani/Prive, at the 2F, Landmark Chater (Chater House) 8 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong. 03OCT16  [GRAPE AND GRAIN FEATURES]  SCMP / K. Y. CHENG (Photo by K. Y. Cheng/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)
Food - Drink
This Was The First Cocktail Ever Created In The US
In 1806, the first recorded cocktail appeared in a print newspaper, unnamed, made by a bartender in New York for a visiting New York editor, and consisting of a spirit, water, sugar, and bitters. The trend took off, and it led to the Sazerac, the first named cocktail.
Similar to the first cocktail in that 1806 newspaper, the Sazerac contained brandy, absinthe, sugar, and bitters. The first Sazerac supposedly got its start at an apothecary's shop in New Orleans, and while the first record of the cocktail recipe is from the late 19th century, it is believed that the libation took off in the 1830s.
The name Sazerac has a few origin stories, including being inspired by a popular brandy or coming from a coffee shop. This cocktail, which is now whiskey-based, was trademarked by the Sazerac Co. in 1900 and has since been named the official cocktail of New Orleans.