Let us all praise Antoine Amédé Peychaud, who mixed the very first Sazerac in his Royal Street pharmacy sometime in the 1830s. Or maybe credit should go to Thomas Handy, a 1870s saloon owner. The truth behind the Sazerac– the first cocktail to come together – is murky. But New Orleans isn’t wondering too much. We’re drinking. The city’s traditional concoctions are more popular than ever -- being shaken and stirred, savored and served, in bars all over town. Try them all – from an eye-opening brandy milk punch to a flaming chicory-coffee-and-cognac Café Brûlot, the quintessential Crescent City nightcap. In a city steeped in history, something as simple as a drink is a celebration and a touchstone to a bygone time. Raise a glass to New Orleans’ past and a toast to some of the city’s more famous cocktails.