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Count Louis Philippe de Roffignac (pronounced ROOF-in-yock) was a wealthy Louisiana merchant, banker, member of the state legislature, and the tenth individual to serve as Mayor of New Orleans.

Befitting such a high-profile individual, bartenders of the Big Easy named a cocktail after him to pay tribute -- perhaps a higher honor than having your name engraved in a building.

With a resurgence in the popularity of vinegar-based "shrub" syrups, the fruity-but-balanced Roffignac cocktail is as on-trend as it is easy to make. And, while pre-made shrubs are widely available in liquor stores, you can control the sweetness and acidity if you make your own... and it will last for up to 6 months in the refrigerator.


* To make raspberry shrub: in a bowl, stir together an equal amount of berries and granulated sugar (say, 2 cups of each).  Allow to sit, covered, in refrigerator for 2-5 days. Use a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth to separate berry solids and discard them. Add remaining berry juice to an amount of white vinegar equal to the granulated sugar (again, say, 2 cups).  Stir and use immediately, or refrigerate for up to 6 months.


Combine cognac and shrub in an iced highball glass.  Top with club soda.  Garnish with an expressed orange peel and serve with a straw.


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