Origins of the Toast
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Here’s to Croutons

First, why do we call it toasting? Turns out, it was commonplace in the late 17th century to add a stale crouton or small piece of scorched toast to your wine. Not only was it known to improve the quality of poor wine, it could also improve the quality of bad bread. It became a kind of party snack and popular practice at celebrations. While the toast in the drink went away over the years, the spirit that went along with it lived on.

It’s a sentiment that you can take with you when the drink in your glass is long gone.

Here’s to Ancient Greece

We don’t know exactly when the first toast was actually made. But we do know that it’s a tradition that dates back to the Ancient Greeks of 6th Century BC. The practice began as a praise to their gods in hopes for long health. It was a simple, creative ritual involving good drinks and familiar company — and the earliest example of toasts as we know them today.

Here’s to Souvenirs

Today, toasts remain a mainstay in the culture of celebration, spanning across different countries, cultures and cocktails. More importantly, the toast has evolved over time into something of a verbal souvenir. It’s a sentiment that you can take with you when the drink in your glass is long gone.

Regardless of where the tradition of toasts began or how they’ve changed throughout the years, one thing is certain: they’re not going anywhere any time soon. And we’ll drink to that.




Events


Gin Gin Mule
Virtual Tasting

Gin Gin Mule

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Hosted by Sazerac House Bar Experts.

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Tasting

Cured & Aged: Whiskey and Meats Pairing

Thursday, March 11, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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

DL St. Pats
Seminar

Drink & Learn: St. Patrick’s Day

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Hosted by Drinks Historian Elizabeth Pearce.

barrel to bottle
Demonstrations

Barrel to Bottle Experience

Sunday, March 21, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

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

Cocoa Rum
Tasting

Cocoa & Cocktails: Rum

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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

Rum blending
Workshop

Blend Your Rum Experience

Thursday, March 25, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Hosted by House Distiller David Bock.

Whiskey Walk Jan 2021
Demonstrations

Walking with Whiskey

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hosted by House Distiller David Bock.

Cheers to Cheese Whiskey
Tasting

Cheers to Cheese: Whiskey

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

barrel to bottle
Demonstrations

Barrel to Bottle Experience

Sunday, April 18, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

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

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_Aged
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.

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.



Here’s to tales of yesterday and cocktails today.

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