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Let’s start with an aperitif.

In short, it’s the lightly alcoholic, slightly sweet beginning to a great evening! From the Latin aperire, “to open,” aperitifs ideally work on two levels—to open your palate and, perhaps, your mind. Served over ice and paired with a slice of fruit, both for looks and for a pre-dining nibble, the aperitif is designed to whet our appetites, while imbuing us with a relaxed feeling.

NOTABLE APERITIF COCKTAILS
Pimm’s Cup, French 75, Peychaud’s Spritz, The Americano

Let’s finish it off with a digestif.

If an aperitif helps stimulate your appetite, its counterpart, the digestif, is passed post-dinner to settle the stomach while helping you wind down after an especially big meal. Utilizing herbs, spices, and other plant-compounds, digestifs were once widely used as elixirs to treat almost every ailment imaginable, and soon enough, these concoctions were making the leap from pharmacies to dinner tables.

Digestifs are often sweet or bittersweet. From port wines to dessert liqueurs, digestifs tend to have a good amount of sugar, but you can find some with more herbal and bitter essences if you prefer some less profoundly sweet. In practice, though, digestifs are not as popular here as they are in European countries and cultures where dinner can be a multi-course affair and typically later in the evening. That said, the holidays sound like the perfect occasion to pass a digestif.

NOTABLE DIGESTIF COCKTAILS
Brooklyn, Bijou, Stinger

Let’s make an evening of it.

When it comes to entertaining, there’s nothing complicated about the service of aperitifs and digestifs. Generally, you should be prepared to pass aperitifs when your guests arrive, anywhere from an hour to a half-hour before the meal is served. And, the digestifs should arrive after the dessert or a cheese course.

While it’s steeped in tradition, aperitifs and digestifs are all about making your guests comfortable throughout the evening and striking a tone that’s relaxed for company, conversation, and whatever the occasion may hold.




Events


Drink & Learn: A Punch Perfect Summer

Friday, June 14, 2024
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for an exciting evening of cocktail exploration as we dive into the art of batched cocktails, perfectly suited for summer gatherings. Local drinks Historian Elizabeth Pearce will lead this elevated experience. Participants will enjoy four iconic cocktails as they discover the secrets behind balancing flavors, selecting quality ingredients, and mastering the art of batching cocktails for entertaining. $45 per person. All guests must be 21 to participate. Guided Sazerac product tasting. Approximately 90 minutes. 45 people maximum capacity

Elevated Sazerac Cocktail Tasting

Sunday, June 23, 2024
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

June 23rd is named Sazerac Cocktail Day for a reason! Join us as we explore the evolution of New Orleans’ official cocktail: The Sazerac! This is an elevated, boozier version of our daily tasting class which featuring Sazerac products: Cognac de Forge, Sazerac Rye Whiskey, Peychaud’s Bitters, and Herbsaint Liqueur. $45 per person. Approximately 75 minutes.

Sazerac Cocktail Day! House Tour

Sunday, June 23, 2024
11:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Sazerac House Tour will be transformed for this one-day-only experience! Join us in celebration on June 23rd, the day in 2008 when the Sazerac Cocktail was named the official cocktail of New Orleans by the Louisiana State Legislature. Guests of the Sazerac House will experience an elevated museum experience which includes amplified tastings and storytelling of the spirits that make the Sazerac Cocktail so special!  Peychaud’s Bitters and Peychaud’s Aperitivo Spritz Samples in Peychaud’s Apothecary  High end Sazerac de Forge Cognac sampling  Specialty Herbsaint cocktail  Sazerac Rye Whiskey sampling (our in-house distilled spirit!)  The Perfect Sazerac Cocktail Guests must be 21 and over to enjoy the samples. Tickets are $10 per person. Guests under 21 or not wishing to drink may purchase a free ticket to enjoy the museum and storytelling.

Sazerac Cocktail Day! House Tour + Speakeasy Access

Sunday, June 23, 2024
11:00 am - 4:15 pm

This ticket type includes the full Sazerac Cocktail Day experience PLUS access to the beautiful Charente Speakeasy Tasting Room to relax and enjoy a full-sized Sazerac Cocktail featuring Cognac de Forge. The Sazerac House Tour will be transformed for this one-day-only experience! Join us in celebration on June 23rd, the day in 2008 when the Sazerac Cocktail was named the official cocktail of New Orleans by the Louisiana State Legislature. Guests of the Sazerac House will experience an elevated museum experience which includes amplified tastings and storytelling of the spirits that make the Sazerac Cocktail so special!  Peychaud’s Bitters and Peychaud’s Aperitivo Spritz Samples in Peychaud’s Apothecary  High end Sazerac de Forge Cognac sampling  Specialty Herbsaint cocktail  Sazerac Rye Whiskey sampling (our in-house distilled spirit!)  The Perfect Sazerac Cocktail Guests must be 21 and over to enjoy the samples. Guests under 21, or those not wishing to drink, may purchase a free ticket to enjoy the museum and storytelling.