"…and not for five minutes will I be distracted from the wonder…"

Horses and Whiskey

Deeper South,The Wonder — d-ashes on June 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm

I’ve followed horse racing since doing some work for a breeding consultant when I lived in New Mexico and have always wanted to be able to say that I saw a horse win the Triple Crown. Every year since then I’ve watched the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont and seen a number of horses come close to horse racings banner achievement. While I was alive the last time a horse won the Triple Crown, I was only two years old, so today’s opportunity to watch Big Brown, the most dominating thoroughbred race horse I’ve ever seen run, take his shot is an exciting one. I’m even missing the first few innings of LSU’s super regional game against UC-Irvine to see if Big Brown can repeat horse racing history.

Anyone who’s ever attended a cocktail hour at my house know that the Sazerac holds a special place of reverence at my bar. So it’s exciting to see two pieces of good news related to Louisiana’s preminient cocktail. First off, the Louisiana legislature is close to voting to make the Sazerac the state drink of Louisiana, which is long overdue considering this states love and worship of all things alcohol. The second piece of news is even more exciting, as it was announced that the Fairmont Hotel, one of New Orleans famed historic hotels that’s been closed since Katrina, will reopen as the more historically named Roosevelt Hotel next year, which will include the renovation and opening of the famed Blue Room, one of the most elegant of New Orleans night spots in its heyday, and who served a Sazerac so famous that they named the whole bar “The Sazerac Bar” and had a signature glass especially made to serve it in. Someone found such a glass for me in a thrift store a few years ago and it’s one of my prize possessions. I can’t wait for the opportunity to actually go back to the Blue Room and celebrate Louisiana’s state cocktail in a piece of living history. If you’re wiling away a hot and lazy weekend afternoon, checkout a streaming mp3 of the house band, the Leon Kelner Orchestra, performing in the Blue Room for a live radio broadcast back in 1962.


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