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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


Sip of French Culture
Seminar

A Sip of French Culture

Thursday, April 22, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

New Orleans History seminar Hosted by Drinks Historian Dr. Kristen Burton.

Jasmine Cocktail
Virtual Tasting

Virtual Jasmine Cocktail

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hosted by a Sazerac House Bar Expert.

Whiskey Walk Jan 2021
Demonstrations

Walking with Whiskey

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Distillery tour and cocktail tasting hosted by House Distiller David Bock.

Mint Julep
Virtual Tasting

Virtual Mint Julep

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Virtual Cocktail Demonstration Hosted by a Sazerac House Bar Expert.

Cured and Aged Whiskey
Tasting

Cured & Aged: Whiskey and Meats Pairing

Thursday, May 13, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

BBQ and Whiskey Tasting hosted by The Sazerac House and Emmylou's BBQ.

CC Bourbon
Tasting

Cocoa & Cocktails: Bourbon

Thursday, May 20, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Chocolate and bourbon pairing hosted by Sazerac House cocktail experts and Piety & Desire Chocolates.

barrel to bottle
Demonstrations

Barrel to Bottle Experience

Sunday, May 23, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Bottle Your Own Sazerac Rye Whiskey hosted by House Distiller David Bock.

DL Julep
Seminar

Drink & Learn: Juleps

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

New Orleans History Discussion and Cocktail Demo Hosted by Drinks Historian Elizabeth Pearce.

Walking with Whiskey
Demonstrations

Walking with Whiskey

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Distillery tour and cocktail tasting hosted by House Distiller David Bock.

Sip of Spanish Culture
Seminar

A Sip of Spanish Culture

Thursday, June 10, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

New Orleans History seminar hosted by Drinks Historian Dr. Kristen Burton.

Barrel to Bottle
Demonstrations

Barrel to Bottle

Sunday, June 13, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Bottle Your Own Sazerac Rye Whiskey hosted by House Distiller David Bock.

Cheers to Cheese Rum
Tasting

Cheers to Cheese: Rum

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cheese and rum pairing hosted by Sazerac House cocktail experts and St. James Cheese Company.



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