Sazerac

One of the traditional and most signature classic cocktails of New Orleans.

Food + Drink Cocktail of the Week Brian Webb

This article was published on September 2nd, 2022

The Sazerac is the cocktail of choice for those who want to make a bold statement.

It’s not just a drink—it’s a statement.

The Sazerac is one of the signature drinks of New Orleans, wandering around Bourbon Street, looking at all the different kinds of jazz music that are playing at different venues. 

You might find yourself at an intimate cocktail lounge, where you’re served by a bartender who knows your name, and makes you feel special. Or you might end up at a classic NOLA bar, where the bartender serves you in an even more traditional way: with an unadorned glass and a bottle of rye whiskey that sits on ice.

It’s also a signature drink to sample during Southern Decadence weekend, because you are completely decadent that this cocktail matches your sweet personality.

Either way, you’re getting something different from each place—a distinctly different Sazerac experience for every customer.

Ingredients

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1 ½ oz rye whiskey 
  • ¼ oz absinthe 
  • 3 dashes bitters 

Fill a rocks glass with ice. In a second rocks glass, place the sugar cube and bitters. Muddle. Add in the rye whiskey to the sugar-bitters mix. Remove the ice from the first glass and swirl the glass with the absinthe. Discard the absinthe. Pour the whiskey-bitters mixture from the second glass into the first glass. Garnish with a fresh lemon peel.

Enjoy and drink responsibly

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