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#WeekendCocktailMoment ~ The Classic Sazerac Cocktail

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To me this cocktail says late night -- so you don't have far to go to make it to bed before the whole damn house starts spinning.

It's a sipper.

Though I can easily see Scarlett O'Hara knocking three back in a row on a 'bad man day'.

This version is from Esquire Magazine. Stock up on tea/bartenders sugar cubes if your supply is low. Two types of bitters may seem redundant, but they are very different in flavor, color and degrees of 'pucker'. The drink is thought to have been invented in old New Orleans, circa 1850.

Cognac was sometimes substituted for rye, but a massive cognac shortage at that time changed the recipe.

No wonder women randomly display their twins at Mardi Gras.

 

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The Sazerac

Ingredients
1 sugar cube

2 1/2 ounces rye whisky
2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
absinthe
lemon peel

Glass Type: old-fashioned glass

Instructions
In an Old-Fashioned glass (not a mixing glass; it's part of the ritual), muddle a sugar cube with a few drops of water. Add several small ice cubes and the rye whiskey,* the Peychaud's bitters, and the Angostura bitters.**

Stir well and strain into a second, chilled, Old-Fashioned glass in which you have rolled around a few drops of absinthe (no substitute really works, but you can try either a mix of Pernod and green Chartreuse, or Absente) until its inside is thoroughly coated, pouring off the excess. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel (some insist that this be squeezed over the drink and discarded; Handy wasn't so picky).

* Use the good stuff, if you can find it: Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye (13 years old), or Sazerac Rye (18 years old).
** Optional. It's not in the original recipe, but it's traditional nonetheless, and it's not bad.

 

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New Orleans On Alert After Anti-choice Protests Surge - VIDEO

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As the courts bat the fee and subsidy strictures of the Affordable Care Act about, non-compassionate conservatives are busy taking away more female healthcare ad family planning options in New Orleans ... the Regressive Right are busy little bees.

Maddow covered the story well, highlighting the audacity of pulling off a cultural and legal Bait and Switch of this calibre, in such a major American city.

DuVergne Gaines, National Clinc Access Project Director for the Feminist Majority Foundation, joins the program to give Maddow the inside scoop on protests in Louisiana that reflect a growing frustration with the GOP War On Contraception. And women.

And buffer zones.

According to reporting at the local Uptown Messenger, the table has been set for this checkers match since long before Governor Boy Scout Bobby Jindal flubbed his first rebutt. The Lipton Brigade has deep roots in N'Orleans, don't forget.

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been encouraging Anti-abortion Activist Groups to swarm his fair cit for some time, in fact only Monday he formally recognized one of their ranking Anti-choice forces, by honoring them publicly.

Operation Save America were the enterprising Christians. Lauded for their: "service to the city".

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued an official welcome this week to Operation Save America, an anti-abortion organization that interrupted an Uptown church’s prayer service with its protests on Sunday and had plans to parade the alleged remains of a fetus around Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

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Oh, Mitch. Are the keys to the Quarters next? No? Just the homes of health providers? Should have known. The Uptown Messenger elaborated,

"In addition to protesting Planned Parenthood sites, Operation Save America is also holding demonstrations outside the homes of providers. A neighbor to one of those homes — who asked that his name be withheld out of concern that the group would target him — said his family has already endured two sessions of protests, with dozens of people holding signs on the sidewalk near his house featuring graphic images that he has done his best to hide from his young children.

“My kids are scared,” the resident said in an interview Monday afternoon. “It’s all these ugly pictures. They’re talking on the loudspeaker. I try to speak to them civilly, and it’s very difficult to do, because they’re looking for a confrontation.”

The pro-Lifers strike again. The pro-death penalty, gun fondling, woman-hating, borned child-fearing Regressive Right is now stirring up hate among various churches within communities who actually try to offer thinking women and families a type of Christianity they can still practice. Good luck with all that in Republican-led New Orleans.

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Live Streaming Video- President Obama Speaks at the Port of New Orleans 1:10p EDT

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