Let us all praise Antoine Amédé Peychaud, who mixed the first 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.