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History … with a twist

Cocktail walking tour

Though New Orleans is affectionately nicknamed the “City that Care Forgot,” we do care a whole lot about our cocktails. So much so that we offer a daily Cocktail Tour.

In honor of our earlier “Tales of the Cocktail,” we wanted to share some fun facts about the city’s first cocktail, according to legend. One time in NOLA, in 1838, on the 400 block of Royal Street, French apothecary Antoine Peychaud concocted the Sazerac and served it to friends in an egg-shaped cup called a coquetier. Americans shortened it to “cocktay” and eventually it was referred to as “cocktail.”

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