Some of the men who fought in the Battle of New Orleans 200 years ago might have welcomed a few sips of Battle Crye, a new libation developed to commemorate the historic Jan. 8, 1815, battle of the War of 1812.
“Louisiana and New Orleans have a unique culture and history of celebrating important events. One such is through responsible but enjoyable libations,” said W. Henson Moore, Bicentennial Commission chairman. “As one of our projects, it was thought that a special libation in honor of the historic event was in order. We approached the owner of the famous Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans to craft one. After months of research, they came up with the “Battle Crye” made totally from ingredients in use in 1815.”
“Shortly after initial discussion with the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission board members, I reached out to The Historic New Orleans Collection for ideas. I wanted the drink to be as historically accurate as possible,” said Shelly Waguespack, Pat O’Brien’s president, in a news release.
She said bartender Ryan Orgeron tweaked a recipe in a recipe book from the early 1800s to develop Battle Crye, which includes rye whiskey; Chambord, a French liqueur with a black raspberry flavor; grenadine, simple syrup and soda water, shaken and served straight up.
Profits from the special commemorative glass that guests may purchase for $5 are being donated to the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission, Waguespack said. The drink itself costs $6.40.
In addition to THNOC and the Bicentennial Commission, Pat O’Brien’s Bar, 718 St. Peter St., New Orleans, also collaborated with Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne to develop the specialty drink.
The famous battle was fought after the War of 1812 was officially ended.
Forces led by Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the British at Chalmette on Jan. 8, 1815, two weeks after the British and Americans ended the war with the Treaty of Ghent, signed in Belgium.
For more information about celebrations related to the Bicentennial, go to battleofneworleans2015.com.