Herbsaint

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Herbsaint Frappé
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Servedstirred
Standard garnish

frosted glass

Standard drinkware
Highball Glass (Tumbler).svg
Highball glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationStir together with plenty of ice, then strain into a very well chilled glass. Serve very cold.
 
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Herbsaint is a brand name of anise-flavored liquor currently produced by the Sazerac Company and originally made in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Herbsaint first appeared in 1934.[1] It was the creation of J. Marion Legendre and Reginald Parker of New Orleans, who learned how to make absinthe while in France during World War I.[1] It first went on sale following the repeal of Prohibition, and was unique in its category as an absinthe substitute, as opposed to a pastis.[1] Herbsaint was originally produced under the name "Legendre Absinthe", although it never contained Grande Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium). The Federal Alcohol Control Administration soon objected to Legendre's use of the word "absinthe",[2] so the name was changed to "Legendre Herbsaint". The Sazerac Company bought J.M. Legendre & Co. in June 1949. Herbsaint was bottled at 120 proof and 100 proof for many years, but the recipe was modified in the mid-1950s, when Herbsaint began being bottled at 100 proof and 90 proof. By the early 1970s the 100 proof variation was discontinued, and the 90 proof version remains the predominant Herbsaint available today. In December 2009, the Sazerac Company reintroduced J.M. Legendre's original 100 proof recipe as Herbsaint Original.[3]

The name Herbsaint originates from "Herbe Sainte" (Sacred Herb), the French/Creole term for Artemisia absinthium. It is also very nearly an anagram of "absinthe".

The Herbsaint Frappé and the Sazerac[edit]

Herbsaint Frappé
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Servedstirred
Standard garnish

frosted glass

Standard drinkware
Highball Glass (Tumbler).svg
Highball glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationStir together with plenty of ice, then strain into a very well chilled glass. Serve very cold.

Herbsaint was and still is used in several cocktails. The most famous[citation needed] of those is the Herbsaint Frappé:

Herbsaint is also used in the modern Sazerac cocktail.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jay Hendrickson, Absinthe in America I - The Story of Herbsaint, The Virtual Absinthe Museum at Oxygénée Ltd. (Access date December 7, 2010.)
  2. ^ Absinthe Banned: Ruling Given by Analyst, reprint from New Orleans Item, May 6, 1934. (Access date December 7, 2010.)
  3. ^ Todd A. Price, Sazerac Co. reintroduces the original recipe for Herbsaint, The Times-Picayune, December 19, 2009. (Access date December 6, 2010.)