New Year’s Comfort

New Orleans has a lot to brag about.  For liqueur lovers, it’s the fact that Southern Comfort was created right here!  Martin Wilkes Heron, an Irish bartender, was said to have created this bourbon-based drink someplace here in the city.  Reports vary on the exact location, as reported locations and maps do not agree.  However, it is not surprising that a bartender might, from time to time, play with existing liquors and different flavorings (say spices and fruit)… and he might even come up with something that tastes good to a large population!

From NOLA, Mr. Heron moved up to Memphis where he finally began selling his concoction to the general public in bottles.  The drink was even awarded a medal at the 1904 World’s Fair… and the rest is pretty much history.

The image you see on the Southern Comfort label seems to depict a plantation along the Mississippi River with a river boat riding the water.  The plantation shown is the Woodland Plantation, located approximately 35 miles south of the city on Route 23 near West Pointe à la Hache.  The image, created by Alfred Waud, was first used by Courier and Ives before it was licensed to be used on Southern Comfort’s label.

Today, the liqueur is produced by the Brown-Foreman Corporation out of Louisville, KY.


Enjoy this cocktail libation at holiday time, or any time.


1 cup white rum
1 cup Southern Comfort
1/4 cup Cherry Schnapps
1 cup grenadine or raspberry syrup
1/4 cup orange juice
2 cups crushed ice
1/2 cup raspberries or strawberries

Blend ingredients for three to four minutes and pour into tall cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh berries and orange wedge.
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