Today is Katharine Hepburn’s birthday.
She was born May 12, 1907.
In celebration of her birthday, I say we should all have a Sazerac.
It’s the second time in a week that I’ve recommended this cocktail. And I’m sure I’ll find a dozen more reasons to do so again as time goes on, but today is about Katharine Hepburn.
I don’t know if she has a cocktail named after her at all, but she did drink a Sazerac or two in the film State of the Union, which was made in 1948.
The film stars Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as political campaigners, and at one point, a Southern guest of Hepburn’s character introduces her to the Sazerac cocktail.
The website The Hooch Life drscribes the scenario as follows:
In the classic political comedy, State of the Union, Katharine Hepburn’s character passes out after two of these cocktails while her drinking companion shouts, “Honey, make me another Sazerac!”
This official cocktail of New Orleans is as boozy as you’d expect, and, if it’s cool enough for Katharine, it’s more than cool enough for me.
Read the full list of 10 classic cocktails and who drank them in this 2011 piece on The Hooch Life.
- Sugar (or simple syrup)
- 2 oz rye whiskey
- 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Absinthe rinse
Chill a rocks glass. Give it an absinthe rinse, using only a small amount of absinthe (or Herbsaint)band then discard the excess liquid.
Stir all the ingredients except the absinthe over ice and strain into the absinthe-rinsed glass.
Rub a lemon peel around the rim of the glass and discard. The drink does not get a garnish.