The classic New Orleans bitters are a crucial ingredient to the infamous Sazerac cocktail. Peychaud's Bitters are sure to enhance the taste of whatever you're sipping on. As one of the only two brands of cocktail bitters to have survived the prohibition era - along with Angostura Bitters - Peychaud's are used in some of the world's most classic cocktails, such as the Manhattan, the Old Fashioned and the Whiskey Sour.
The Peychaud's bitters are truly a classic, and their history speaks for itself. In 1793, in the western part of the Hispaniola island, then called Saint-Domingue (current Haiti), slavery was abolished, after a rebellion raised by slaves and free people of color against the French authority. The rich plantation owners were therefore forced out of the island, and a lot of them fled towards New Orleans, which was at the time under Spanish authorities, before they were under the French for a brief moment. Antoine Amédée Peychaud was an apothecary and the son of a doctor, and he was amongst the wave of deported French owners who found their place in New Orleans. He had managed to salvage a bitter herbal recipe he had came up with to cure malady, that he would combine to Cognac or Brandy and give to his patients. That was the original and still famous Peychaud's bitters recipe, that became a staple ingredient in many New Orleans classic cocktails, and it is now manufactured by the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky, owned by the Sazerac Company.
The Sazerac Company started with the famous cocktail of that name. Antoine Amédée Peychaud, the creator of the notorious Peychaud's Bitters, came up with the drink during one of the many late nights at his pharmacy in New Orleans. The cocktail's popularity grew within the bars of the city, and became the staple drink of an establishment opened in 1850. It then got its name. In 1869, Thomas H. Handy purchased the bar and the rights to produce Peychaud's Bitters, and started bottling the drink. This production led to expansion and the Sazerac company was founded. It began distilling its own fine spirits and now owns 7 reknowned american distilleries.
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|Flavour profile||Aromatic, Herbal, Bitter|
|Matching spirit||Dark Rum, Bourbon, Scotch, Whisky|
|Material||Glass & Plastic|
|Related cocktails||Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Sazerac|