The Sazerac is one of America's most storied cocktails and is even rumored to be the country's oldest, with roots that reach back as far as 1838. And, of course, the drink was founded in New Orleans, a city known for its creative recipes in both the barroom and the kitchen. (The Sazerac was recently named the official drink of New Orleans.)
Chicago cocktailers will get the chance to help the Sazerac's birthplace continue its ongoing rebuilding efforts thanks to the inaugural Chicago Sazerac Month. Judge & Dolph, the local distributor of Sazerac whiskey, launched the effort to benefit the revitalization of the Museum of the American Cocktail (only in New Orleans) and the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Five Chicago lounges (The Violet Hour in Wicker Park, Sepia in the West Loop, River North's Nacional 27, The Drawing Room in the Gold Coast and The Whistler in Logan Square) will participate in Chicago Sazerac Month -- all known as good places to get a great cocktail (so we can expect some inspired variations on the drink in question, which is generally a combination of rye whiskey, Herbsaint or absinthe and bitters). The festivities begin today and continue through the end of March. So, get out, raise a glass and do your part.