Four years ago tomorrow, Hurricane Katrina made landfall at Buras, La.
I'll be rehashing a bit more on that here tomorrow. For now, here is a cocktail I'll call The Day Before.
This cocktail incorporates Peychaud's Bitters, which were invented in New Orleans and widely used in one of my favorite cocktails, the Sazerac.
Because I didn't have any rye around for a sazerac, I wondered what else I could pair with the bitters and eventually settled on sweet vermouth. As a garnish, I used a sprig of thyme, because it is widely used in Louisiana cooking.
I was pleasantly surprised at the results of my concoction -- the sweetness of the vermouth intermingled beautifully with the floral notes of the bitters.
Day Before Cocktail
1) Fill a cocktail glass halfway with ice.
2) Add 1 shot sweet vermouth and 3 good shakes of Peychaud's Bitters.
3) Top off with tonic or lemon seltzer.
4) Garnish with a sprig of thyme.
Drink to the pre-Katrina world.