Antoine Peychaud, a Creole immigrant, operated a pharmacy on the French Quarter's (New Orleans) Royal Street in 1838. With his background as an apothecary, he was a natural mixologist. Peychaud would mix brandy, absinthe and a dash of his secret bitters for his guests. Later this quaff would come to be known as the Sazerac.
After the drink, there was the bar. The cocktail immediately spread in popularity at the city's finest coffee houses, which was the term for drinking establishments during the mid-1800s. However, the cocktail is most strongly associated with the wildly popular Sazerac Coffee House.
From the bar, a company was born. In 1869, Thomas H. Handy purchased the Sazerac Coffeehouse and began to acquire and market brands of liquor. Today, The Sazerac Company is still an independent, American family owned company, and we are proud to offer you two of their iconic brands of bitters: Peychaud's Bitters and Regan's Orange Bitters.