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Antoine also served his bitters mixed with brandy and other liquors. (It has been falsely claimed that the word ‘cocktail’ originated with Antoine, from a measure known as a ‘coquetier’ he used to prepare drinks. But it is now undisputed that the term appeared in print in an upstate New York newspaper in 1806, when Antoine was still a child.)
Antoine Peychaud advertised his bitters in local newspapers and many New Orleans bars served drinks prepared with them. One such bar was the Sazerac Coffee House at 13 Exchange Alley, owned by John B. Schiller, also the local agent for a French cognac company ‘Sazerac-du-Forge et Fils’ of Limoges. It was here, in 1858, that a bartender called Leon Lamothe is thought to have created the Sazerac, probably using Peychaud’s aromatic bitters, Sazerac cognac and sugar.
A decade or so later Peychaud fell upon hard times and sold his pharmacy store, along with the formula and brand name of his bitters.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 14/05/2014
Clear, scarlet red.
Medicinal nose with liquorice, aniseed, orange zest and cherry.
Qinine bitterness, hints of syrupy sugar, orange zest, mint and cherry.
Bitter cherryade finish. A hard man's Campari. Undrinkable neat but a fabulous cocktail ingredient.