I was 11 years old when I made my first Thanksgiving Dinner. Strange for an 11 year old? Not for me. I have always loved to entertain, even as an eleven year old. So it is no shock that home decor and creating new recipes is on my list of hobbies. I am no stranger to Macy’s Department Store. Recently you may have noticed my posts surrounding Macy’s Culinary Council Cooking Demo Events in the New Orleans area. Every time I get a new email letting me know of an upcoming event, I am instantly on cloud 9!
Emeril Lagasse is one of my favorite Culinary Council Chefs. Not only have I been watching Emeril on cooking programs for years, but I love that he is a major part of New Orleans. So it is no surprize that he has an amazing Sazerac Cocktail recipe. You can WOW your friends and family at your next hosted dinner or friendly get together by not just creating the cocktail in your own home, you need to recreate an experience.
In addition to the Culinary Council, Macy’s also sells The Heart of Haiti Collection. The collection is a array of hand-made products made my local artisans in Haiti. Using mostly recycled materials, the collection of home decor items or jewelry items provide sustainable income for the individual craftsmen (and craftswomen) and thus changing their overall life in remarkable ways. Each item comes with an individual hangtag designed to connect cultures through business, art and understanding.
I was recently sent a Heart of Haiti Set of 2 Tea Leaf Nesting Trays. These delicate are made of eco-friendly paper. The trays have a raised edge that can help support and hold small items like perfume bottles, jewelry, or other small items such a keys and wallets. What I like about these trays is that they are made of recycled products and can be wiped down with just a small cloth. Easy clean up is always a big winner in my book! Now I can serve my Sazerac Cocktail by Macy’s Culinary Chef Emeril Lagasse in style.
Where to find The Heart of Haiti Collection: Available exclusively at select Macy’s (25 stores including 5 flagships) and on Macys.com through a unique partnership with Fair Winds Trading & The Clinton Foundation, Heart of Haiti is was built upon the principle of trade instead of aid. The sales of these works put real, sustainable income into the hands of the artisans who create them, changing their lives in remarkable ways.
1 lump sugar
3 drops Peychaudis bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 jigger rye whiskey
1 dash Herbsaint or Pernod
1 strip lemon peel
Fill a small old-fashioned glass with cracked ice and set aside. In another small old-fashioned glass, put the lump of sugar and just enough water to moisten it. With a spoon, crush the sugar, then add the Peychaud’s bitters, Angostura bitters, whiskey and several ice cubes. Stir. Never use a shaker. Empty the first glass of ice, add the Herbsaint or Pernod, twirl the glass around, and shake the liqueur out. Strain the whiskey mixture into the glass, twist in the lemon peel, and serve immediately.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with a Heart of Haiti Piece for my post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.