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Garden Fairy Cocktail with Absinthe & Cucumber

Happy National Absinthe Day! I’m celebrating with this Garden Fairy cocktail that combines bold absinthe with the flavors of fresh cucumber, lime, and herbs. If you enjoy absinthe cocktails, check out my easy Absinthe Frappé recipe! What is absinthe, anyway? Many folks think that absinthe is a liqueur, but it’s actually a distilled spirit, with …

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5 Classic New Orleans Cocktails for Mardi Gras

Happy Mardi Gras! If you’re searching for something classic to mix up today, try one of these delicious New Orleans-born cocktails. Sazerac The enduring mix of rye whiskey, simple syrup, Peychaud’s bitters and an absinthe rinse was created by Peychaud himself at the Sazerac Coffee House. Absinthe Frappe Once a popular breakfast-time drink, this simple …

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How to Make a Classic Sazerac

Similar to an Old Fashioned, the Sazerac is a blend of rye whiskey (or cognac), sugar or simple syrup, Peychaud’s bitters, and an absinthe rinse. The Sazerac differs from other simple, spirit-forward cocktails both in its preparation and its presentation. Traditionally, the Sazerac is prepared in a rocks glass, rather than in a mixing glass. …

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Blueberry Bourbon Reviver

Blueberry season is in full swing and I’m making the most of several pounds of freshly picked berries with a pairing that’s just as good during these hot, late August days as when the first leaves begin to fall. With cooler weather just around the corner, I went with bourbon for this simple, equal parts cocktail. Toasty crostinis topped with goat cheese, blueberries, and thyme make the perfect accompaniment, with balanced sweet, savory, and tart flavors. The best part of this simple combo is that you only need to put the work into making one blueberry compote that can then be used both for the cocktail and hors d’oeuvres!

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