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Sazerac House Celebrates the Holidays with the “Making Spirits Bright” Event Series

Each event includes opportunities to taste, learn and experience the Sazerac House

NEW ORLEANS, LA (November 24, 2020)

Who: The Sazerac House experience and distillery teams, led by Sazerac House Distiller David Bock and Sazerac House Cocktail Experts Matt Ray and Rhiannon Enlil, along with cocktail historians Elizabeth Pearce and Dr. Kristen Burton and local cheese purveyor St. James Cheese Company.

What: The Holiday Season feels different this year, and the Sazerac House is creating a safe and festive way for guests to celebrate. The Making Spirits Bright series celebrates the history of cocktails in New Orleans all while giving a safe, socially distanced opportunity for guests to sip and sample together. All events will include socially-distanced seating and use of personal protection equipment such as face coverings is required throughout the event.

The Series Includes:

  • December 5th: Strike Down Social
    • In celebration of the day Prohibition was repealed, enjoy light bites and five Prohibition-era cocktails, including the Bee’s Knees and the Mary Pickford, alongside Speakeasy-style surprises and an exploration of the history of Prohibition led by Dr. Kristen Burton. Price: $75.00
  • December 8th: Drink & Learn: Creole Holiday Traditions
    • Join the Sazerac House experience team and Cocktail Historian Elizabeth Pearce to delight in decades old Creole Holiday traditions, enjoy spirited stories of holidays past and learn the culinary influences on New Orleans holiday traditions. Enjoy unique New Orleans cocktails with delightful dessert pairings. Price: $50.00
  • December 15th: Cheers to Cheese
    • Learn about holiday perfect cheese and cocktail pairings with local cheese purveyor St. James Cheese Company and enjoy cocktail demos that will inspire your next cocktail party with Sazerac House Cocktail Experts. Price: $40
  • December 10th: Barrel to Bottle Experience
    • Meet Sazerac House distiller David Bock and enjoy a tour of the Sazerac House distillery, learning the process of making Sazerac Rye Whiskey. Enjoy the sights and smells a of a working distillery, and bottle your own Sazerac Rye Whiskey, complete with an option for guests to engrave their own bottle (included in ticket price.) Price: $40

Where: Sazerac House

101 Magazine Street

New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

The events will take place in the Imperial Cabinet Saloon, a spacious event venue on the 4th Floor of the Sazerac House

Should COVID-19 restrictions require changes to these events, guests will be notified of the change in advance.

When: December 5th: Strike Down Social

December 8th: Drink & Learn: Creole Holiday Traditions

December 15th: Cheers to Cheese

December 10th: Barrel to Bottle Experience

Why: In a year where gathering is difficult, Sazerac House is offering a safe, socially-distanced opportunity for guests to get together and enjoy delicious cocktails and paired bites.

How: Tickets are available online at The event will include socially-distanced seating and personal protective equipment is required for all guests and staff. On registration, guests will be required to confirm & agree that they will wear appropriate face coverings unless actively eating or drinking, practice good hygiene, maintain appropriate social distance, and that they have not had any symptoms of COVID-19, nor anyone they have been in contact with, in the past 2 weeks.

About the Sazerac House

Standing proudly in a historic building at the corner of Canal and Magazine, and just a short stroll from the original 1850s era Sazerac Coffeehouse, the Sazerac House is an immersive exploration of the spirited culture of New Orleans. Featuring three floors of interactive exhibits across 48,000 square feet, including private event venues, an on-site Sazerac Rye distillery, and Peychaud’s Bitters production facility, the Sazerac House welcomes visitors to experience New Orleans history through the stories of its cocktails. For more information on the Sazerac House, please visit

About the Sazerac Company

Sazerac is one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in the United States in Louisiana, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maryland, California, and global operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, India, Australia and Canada. For more information on Sazerac, please visit