Named after Count Louis Philippe Joseph de Roffignac, the former mayor of New Orleans in the early 1800s, the Roffignac cocktail is a sweet and refreshing beverage that has been bringing joy to locals and visitors alike for over two centuries.
This delicious sip is made with rosé wine, cognac or brandy, raspberry cordial and crushed ice – combining the tastes of France’s finest wines with Louisiana’s famous abundance of fresh fruit.
A classic New Orleans drink since its invention by Pierre Caffery at Café Brûlot in 1843, this delightful cocktail pairs perfectly with Southern fare – making it an ideal accompaniment to meals such as jambalaya or gumbo.
The original recipe calls for equal parts rosé wine, Cognac or brandy and raspberry cordial but modern variations often include other ingredients such as fresh fruits like strawberries or mint leaves to enhance the flavor. The preparation is simple – mix all of the liquids together over ice then strain it into a glass filled with more crushed ice for a cold, refreshing beverage. Or if you’re feeling especially adventurous, try freezing your concoction into an icy summer treat.
Whether you’re looking to cool off on a hot day or just craving something special to sip on in the evening, the Roffignac has become an integral part of New Orleanian culture - popping up at milestone celebrations as well as intimate gatherings amongst family and friends.