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In New Orleans La. stands a proud building who has weathered many storms. Built by German immigrant Louis Grunewald. Named after him then called The Grunewald. Some people consider this hotel host to the very first night club in the United States. This night club was called 'The Cave".
The Grunewald opened it's doors for business in 1893. The hotel over the years went through many changes and expansions. When in 1923 a group of New Orleans investors purchased the hotel and renamed her "The Roosevelt Hotel" in honor of the late president Theodore Roosevelt. Many people refer to this historic hotel as "The Roosevelt Hotel" even after it was aquired in 1965 by The Fairmont Hotel and Resort, and renamed "The Fairmont". Even today she is know as "The Roosevelt Hotel" .
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It was in 1859 when John Schiller opened Sazerac Coffee House in New Orleans. He served a cocktail called Sazerac. His coffee house and the cocktail more than likely derived their name from Sazerac-de-Forge et filz popular Cognac .
This cocktail is prepared as followes:
calls for 1 cube of sugar
1 1/2 ounces of Sazerac Rye Whiskey
1/4 ounce of Herbsaint
3 dashes of Peychaud's Bitters
and a lemon peel.
One old-fashioned-Western-style glass is packed with ice. In a second old fashioned, Western-style glass, a sugar cube and 3 dashes of Peychaud's Bitters are muddled. The Rye Whiskey is then added to the sugar/Bitters mixture. The ice is emptied from the first old-fashioned-Western-style glass and the Herbsaint is poured into the glass and swirled to coat the sides of the glass. Any excess Herbsaint is discarded. The Rye-Sugar-Bitters mixture is then poured into the Herbsaint coated glass and the glass is garnished with a lemon peel.
The original Sazerac Cocktail was a cognac based drink. In the 1870s, cognac was replaced with Rye Whiskey and absinthe was added.
(Absinthe has been legal in the United States since 2007.)