To celebrate The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel’s 125th anniversary, its historic in-house bar, The Sazerac Bar, is now serving a commemorative “Sazerac 125” cocktail, offering a few discerning guests and locals a chance to take a sip of history.
The “Sazerac 125” features the famed Thomas Handy Rye, named after the New Orleans bartender who was the first to use rye whiskey in the Sazerac cocktails. Uncut and unfiltered, the straight rye whiskey is bottled directly from the barrel with a nod to the timeless history of New Orleans libations. Thomas Handy Rye features flavors of toffee, fig cake and candied fruit, followed by mint, cinnamon and clove for a long and warm taste. The Sazerac Bar is proud to include this rare, locally inspired rye whiskey as the base for the “Sazerac 125.”
The $125 drink will be sold in limited quantities with only 125 available for sipping.
The cocktail takes the classic New Orleans drink to new heights with its unique recipe:
- 2 oz Thomas Handy Rye
- ¼ oz simple syrup (mixed 1:1)
- 6 dashes Barrel Aged Peychaud’s Bitters
- Splash of Herbsaint Legendre
“The 125th anniversary of the hotel is a momentous occasion worth celebrating,” said Sazerac Bar Manager and creator of the commemorative cocktail Hadi Ktiri. “It would be a disservice to celebrate the anniversary without acknowledging the landmark cocktail that helped make this bar and the hotel so famous.”
Invented around 1850 in a saloon on Exchange Alley, the Sazerac, known as the world’s first mixed cocktail, is the most famous drink of New Orleans. The Sazerac Bar has existed in only three locations: Exchange Alley, 300 Carondelet Street and at The Roosevelt New Orleans.