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It's great time for dining as the annual COOLinary New Orleans runs August 1 - 31 -- many restaurants offer summer menus featuring prix fixe three-course meals at very low prices.

Other August events include Satchmo Summerfest. White Linen Night, Dirty Linen Night, and Tales of the Cocktail.

We begin the month with a toast to Peychaud's Bitters.

Made in New Orleans

Peychauds Aromatic Cocktail Bitters: 10 oz

Peychaud's Bitters

According to local lore (and the Sazerac Company website), in 1838 Creole apothecary Antoine Amédée Peychaud (an immigrant from the French colony of Saint-Domingue/Haiti) served his friends brandy toddies concocted from a secret family recipe which included his bitters mixture. He used an egg cup (in French , which was still spoken by many in New Orleans at that time, a "coquetier" --pronounced "ko-k-tay") to measure the ingredients. "Coquetier" morphed into “cocktail” as more 'Americans' infiltrated the city.

Peychaud's Bitters were used to create the Sazerac Cocktail which was made with Sazerac French brandy. In 2008 the Louisiana House of Representatives voted 62-33 to proclaim the Sazerac New Orleans' official cocktail.

The classic New Orleans bitters is sure to enhance the taste of whatever you're sipping. As one of only two brands of cocktail bitters to survive from pre-prohibition days, Peychaud's is used some of the world's most classic cocktails like the Manhattan, Old Fashioned, and Whiskey Sour.

Made right in New Orleans, it's been a legendary favorite and is one of only two brands to survive from pre-prohibition days.  35% alcohol by volume.

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