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Making Commander's Palace Cocktails. Photo by Chris Granger

Raise a glass in the direction of the Crescent City because Ella Brennan, of the esteemed restaurant family behind such New Orleans treasures as Commander’s Palace, Café Adelaide, and SoBou, turns ninety this month. For as long as daughter Ti Martin can remember, her mother has stressed the importance of starting an evening off with a proper cocktail, usually a Sazerac or Scotch Old-Fashioned. While Ms. Brennan lives next door to Commander’s and can thus take advantage of their mixing expertise, the rest of us will have to make do with crafting our own (good thing Commander’s has generously shared their secrets here). For the prolonged birthday celebration, the family’s restaurants will feature dishes and cocktails that Ella has loved over the years, along with fun pictures and witticisms from the family matriarch. The latter includes a favorite saying that indicates how she achieved such business success: “If it ain’t broke, fix it anyway.” In honor of her birthday, we’ll slightly amend her wisdom: “If you ain’t thirsty, make a Sazerac anyway.”

Commander’s Palace Cocktails

Sazerac
Scotch Old-Fashioned