Why is The Roosevelt New Orleans serving a $125 sazerac?

Only 125 of them will be available for sipping.

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel is celebrating it’s 125th anniversary with a special cocktail, “Sazerac 125.”

The Sazerac Bar inside the historic hotel is now serving up the commemorative cocktail, offering their guests and locals a taste of history.

Source: The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

“The Sazerac 125” features the famed Thomas Handy Rye, named after the New Orleans bartender who was the first to use rye whiskey in the Sazerac cocktails. Unfiltered, the straight rye whiskey is bottled straight from the barrel with a nod to the timeless history of New Orleans libations. Thomas Handy Rye features flavors of toffee, fig cake and candied fruit, followed by mint, cinnamon and clove for a long and warm taste. The Sazerac Bar is proud to include this rare, locally inspired rye whiskey as the base for the “Sazerac 125.”

So let’s talk more about the recipe because we know you’re wondering…

It includes:

2 oz Thomas Handy Rye
1/4 oz simple (mixed 1:1)
6 dashes Barrel Aged Peychaud’s Bitters
Splash of Herbsaint Legendre

“The 125th anniversary of the hotel is a momentous occasion worth celebrating,” said Sazerac Bar Manager and creator of the commemorative cocktail Hadi Ktiri. “It would be a disservice to celebrate the anniversary without acknowledging the landmark cocktail that helped make this bar and the hotel so famous.”

You can sip on this limited edition cocktail for $125. Only 125 of them will be available for sipping.

Known as the world’s first mixed cocktail ( did you know that?), nearly 30,000 Sazeracs are sold each year in the bar. The Sazerac Bar has existed in only three locations: Exchange Alley, 300 Carondelet and at the Roosevelt New Orleans.

In addition to the commemorative cocktail, the hotel is celebrating its historic anniversary throughout the year in a variety of ways, including:

  • Historical giveback campaign. The contest, running through July 1, encourages the public to bring in anything they have taken from the hotel in the past: hotel keys, pillow covers, robes or decor. The person who brings in the best item will win a seven-night stay in the presidential suite, gourmet meals, spa treatments and more.
  • Offering guests “experiences” like a night on the town. Further details to be announced soon.
  • Rooftop pop-up series. Local chefs will venture to the hotel’s pool deck every Thursday during the summer with a variety of foods being offered, as well as access to the pool, which is usually reserved for guests.
  • Rooftop yoga held by the hotel’s rooftop pool bar and cabana. This happy hour with a healthy twist will include a workout, cocktails and food.
  • Guests can “Pick Three” for $18.93 in the Fountain Lounge, the property’s signature in-house restaurant. The price is a reflection of the year 1893 when the hotel first opened.

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Source: The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

The Roosevelt is proud to be an institution that helps shape New Orleans’ history. “Each guest’s experience speaks to the soul of our remarkable city. It’s been that way for 125 years and we hope to keep it going for another 125,” said General Manager Tod Chambers.

For more information, visit The Roosevelt New Orleans’ website.