Ep. 52 The Sarlacc loves a Sazerac

Ep. 52 The Sarlacc loves a Sazerac

Welcome to Episode 52: The Sarlacc loves a Sazerac.

The dishes talk about freed slave Mary Jane Richards and how she used food to be a spy for the Union Army. Melissa shares the history of America’s “oldest” cocktail, the Sazerac.

Shout out to Taylor Cassidy for putting Mary’s story on our radar. Follow her on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorcassidyj

The featured drink this episode is the Sazerac.  

DRINK PIC SOON

Ingredients:

  • Absinthe, to rinse (barely a ¼ oz.) I used Pernod, which sadly, isn’t absinthe, but it is 136 proof!
  • 1 sugar cube (or 1 tsp. sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cold water
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 1/4 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 1/4 ounces cognac
  • Garnish: lemon peel

Directions

  1. Rinse a chilled rocks glass with absinthe, discarding any excess, and set aside.
  2. In a mixing glass, muddle the sugar cube, water and the Peychaud’s and Angostura bitters.
  3. Add the rye and cognac, fill the mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.
  4. Strain into the prepared glass.

This episode’s recipe is the Cucumber Cool Salad (which includes both onions and lime Jell-O) from Betty Crocker’s Box. Find this recipe and cocktail instructions in the episode notes on DrunkDish.com.

Show Music by Andrew Huang.

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Episode 22: A Fool and His Nutmeg

Recap

In this episode we learn about the history of nutmeg and the Banda Islands in Indonesia. Per usual, white people show up and ruin everything. Unlike most of our stories, however, there’s a somewhat happy ending.

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Atlas Obscura

The Atlantic

NPR

BCC

Episode 21: Adult Horse Girl Energy

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In this episode we discuss the upsetting history of bananas and where Bananas Foster got its name. The difference between horse girl and dolphin girl energy was a heated topic of discussion.

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NPR

HealthyWay

University of Pittsburgh

Smithsonian

The Economist

Episode 20: Paddy LuPony

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Recap

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The Spruce Eats
Thrillist
Thrillist (again)
Serious Eats

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Recap

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Vanity Fair
Jezebel
HuffPost
Money
Global News
Maple Valley Syrup

Episode 15: M-m-m-my Llorona

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Recap

In episode 15 we discussed all things Halloween! We at Drunk Dish all agree that Halloween is the best time of year, so to honor it we discuss its pagan roots, modern day celebrations, and the food that the holiday has inspired over the years. Melissa commits to trying “soul cakes.” We learn how bobbing for apples started as a match-making game, and we enjoyed the “La Llorona” cocktails that Melissa mixed up for us. We share ghost stories and, Aimee brands the skeptic of the group – Melissa – as a “Scully.” Listen below or on your preferred podcasting platform.

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PBS
The History Kitchen
History Channel

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HuffPost & Huff Post Again
Biography
University of Texas – Health
National Peanut Butter Board

Episode 11: Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli

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Eater
Woodman’s of Essex
Wall Street Journal

Kelly’s Roast Beef
Resteraunt-ing through history

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USDA
Joint Center for Political and Economic Development
Eater
American Nutrition Association
CDC
NY Times

Episode 09: Make America Waffles Again

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During the recording of this episode, we made The Bourbon Brunch and gagged our way through it. Break audio is “It’s almost breakfast” from Portlandia Season 8. Outro music is “What’d I Miss” from Hamilton performed by Daveed Diggs.

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Special Thanks

This episode, we learned so much from the James Hemings Foundation, so please consider checking them out and supporting them in any way you can.

Sources:

Garden & Gun
Monticello Research Foundation
PBS
Jefferson Hour