Man, you gotta give it to the Louisiana State Legislature. Most people would expect that a state with Louisiana’s issues would be trying pass laws to help boost the economy, rebuild New Orleans, or try to fix the broken educational system. But you’d be wrong. The latest legislation to come before the Louisiana Senate was a bill to honor the Sazerac, a drink containing whiskey, sugar, bitters and absinthe, as the Official State Cocktail of Louisiana.
Now this has my mind spinning in all sorts of directions. Forget about the waste of taxpayer resources, that it’s ridiculous for a state with one of the highest drunk driving rates in the nation to promote a state drink, but what in the hell is a Sazerac? The state bird is the pelican, and I know what that is. The state flower is the magnolia, and I’ve heard of that too. But I grew up in Louisiana, and I’ve never, ever heard of a Sazerac.
How did this drink even get nominated when you can make a compelling argument for hurricanes, bloody Mary’s, drive through daiquiris, or even moonshine. Hell, just make the state drink Budweiser. But it’s not a cocktail? Well stick an umbrella in it, call it the state drink, and I’d bet Anheuser-Busch would chip in a several million a year for the honor.
The good news is that this bill was voted down in a 27-8 landslide. Time to get out a pen, write your senator and suggest a real state drink, or chew him out for wasting your money.