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Finding Peychaud's bitters in SE Mich?

Ignatz Jan 21, 2010 07:33 AM

Trying to make a sazerac cocktail but having no luck finding Peychaud's bitters. Several recipes I've found stress that they are a very different product than the more commonly-available Angostura. Suggestions? West side/Ann Arbor preferred, or also downtown Detroit/Eastern Market would work.

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    charlesbois Jan 21, 2010 09:56 AM

    no guarantees, but have you tried A&L Wine Castle on Stadium (near Jackson)? I've found some pretty obscure stuff there. Also not on west side, but Morgan & York could be helpful, especially if you call them.

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    1. re: charlesbois
      Ignatz Jan 21, 2010 11:27 AM

      A&L is my go-to shop in A2 and the first place I checked. Owner usually carries it but is sold out. Oddly enough, reason is that he currently can only get the big ($30 retail) bottle of Angostura bitters and since lots of people don't want to drop that for a bottle of bitters (plus that size would last at least one lifetime unless you do a lot of entertaining), they bought up all his Peychaud's in the smaller bottle. As has been fully discussed in these forums, sad fact is the two are not interchangeable.

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      galewskj Jan 21, 2010 10:14 AM

      I'm not from Michigan but I'd like to interject that Peychaud's is indeed necessary for a sazerac. Also, I found a nice place to order bitters, no affiliation. You shouldn't have to specially order to get peychauds, but if you want a bunch of different bitters this would be a good source.


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        SonyBob Jan 22, 2010 09:49 AM

        Google New Orleans and you should fine plenty of outlets for Peychaud's. That's where it was invented, by a pharmacist that, I'm told, lived in what is now the Maison de Ville. I'm not positive about that story since it was told to me by an employee while staying there.

        1. momskitchen Jan 22, 2010 03:18 PM

          I bought a bottle of Regan's Orange Bitters No. 6 once from Ari Weinzweig himself at Zingerman's Roadhouse, after I asked him how to make a Buster Brown Cocktail at home. I bet they'd have Peychaud's and could sell you a bottle. He's there almost every time I am, so I am sure you will find him. Just ask someone that works there to be introduced if you don't know what he looks like and tell him that we were chatting on chowhound about him, and I am sure he would love to help you. Plus - it's westside Ann Arbor! Let me know how it turns out.

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            SonyBob Jan 23, 2010 07:25 PM

            Hi Ignatz
            If you don't locate a bottle, let me know - I have a bottle that I've only used once and probably won't use again. You can have it if you want. I live in Canton. If you reply, we'll make arrangements to get it to you.

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              chillywillycd Mar 30, 2010 08:15 PM

              I've recently been in search of a bottle of Peychaud's with little luck. Since I don't see Ignatz having ever replied, could i be so bold as to ask if i could take your extra bottle off your hands?


            2. Cheeeese Jan 26, 2010 12:23 PM

              I know its not in the West Side/Ann Arbor area but I'm pretty sure they have Peychaud's at Holiday Market in Royal Oak if you get over that way. They also have a few other brands including Angostura and Stirrings if you want to start a collection.

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                oppsie Jan 29, 2010 12:59 PM

                Also available at Red Wagon in Troy.

                Regan's, as far as I know, cannot be purchased in Michigan. Same with Old Tom gin. Somebody (please!) correct me if I'm wrong.

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                  roadhousefoodie Feb 3, 2010 09:22 AM

                  The Roadhouse does indeed sell Peychaud's bitters, we would love to help you make the perfect sazerac! Swing by anytime and if you want another sazerac recipe for comparison, we can give you ours to try out. Cheers!

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                    Quit2Chef Mar 31, 2010 02:08 PM

                    Both Regans and Peychaud's are available at the wine castle at 96 and middlebelt. Probably the best selection of fine spirits and mixers in the area. Great prices as well.

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