This past Sunday afternoon, I had the pleasure of joining dozens of my fellow New York cocktail bloggers, barflies, mixoligists, cocktailians, and up and coming industry folks at the Rye House for a libatious Blogger Brunch. The Herbsaint sponsored event was produced by the gang behind Tales of the Cocktail and Selena Ricks of the Dizzy Fizz.
Participants received a complimentary Herbsaint "Louche" which is a mini water drip (pictured) and provided with a delicious brunch and cocktails (natch).
The drinks featured the sponsoring liqueur Herbsaint, also known as Liqueur d’Anis, which according to Tales of the Cocktail founder Anne Tunermann means "Absinthe" in creole. J.M. Legendre's original formula for this anisette has been lost for decades until now. The kind folks at Sazerac Company, also based in New Orleans, have resurrected prized ingredient for the famous Sazerac cocktail. Herbsaint, which is 90 proof, is available at Astor Wine & Liquers and comes in a vintage designed bottle and label. Below is one of the great Herbsaint cocktails served at the Pre-Tales Blogger Brunch:
Herbsaint Fizz by Rye House's Jim Kearns
3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
1-1/2 oz Herbsaint
1 egg white
Preshake egg white, lemon, simple, and spirit to emulsify, add ice, shake, serve in a tall glass, top with soda.
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A big thanks to Selena Ricks at the Dizzy Fizz for being the hardest working gal on the scene!
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(Photos courtesy of Lush Life Productions)