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Famous New Orleans Cocktails
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History in a Glass
Famous New Orleans Cocktails

Presented by Phil Greene and Chris McMillian
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

You might not be surprised to learn that the Hurricane cocktail was born in New Orleans, but did you know it's the product of wartime rationing and resourcefulness?

Did you also know the city on the bayou claims one of the world’s oldest cocktails—a blend created by a 19th-century ancestor of cocktail historian Phil Greene?

Recently Greene and Chris McMillian, a master mixologist from the Big Easy, both of whom are founding members of the Museum of the American Cocktail, were asked to present at the Smithsonian Institute to provided a literal taste of New Orleans via the libations it made famous. This video provides some of the content from this seminar, as well as some insights into the Sazerac cocktail and it's history.

You can read more about this event here: Smithsonian Blog: Did New Orleans Invent the Cocktail?

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