If anyone’s actually following this blog for news on its raison d’etre, the Central Park Cocktail Club, you’re in luck: I’m in catch-up mode. Let’s just pretend I’ve been spreading out these reports on purpose, shall we?

I believe we left off with November 2010 (I can’t believe the club’s been going on that long — it’s awesome), which was all about the Dark ‘n’ Stormy. As the holidays are always hectic, in December 2010 we had a very small, informal meeting to toast the season with hot cocktails (snow bunnies and glogg were served). Which brings us to January 2011.

(So I’m a year behind on these. Deal with it.)

vintage Herbsaint ad

Anyway. Scott the Cocktail Enthusiast (yes, that’s his real name) had volunteered to kick off the new year with his personal favorite, the Sazerac, so that’s exactly what we did. He led us through the history of that gloriously delicious rye classic (did you know that it dates back to the 1830s?) and its sister cocktail, the Vieux Carre, named for the cafe in New Orleans. Both drinks have strong ties to that city, of course, which were discussed at length. If you’re curious to learn more, you can download the presentation here.