Sazerac

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Cocktail History

The Sazerac is a classic cocktail that was created in the early 1800s by Antoine Peychaud, an apothecary in New Orleans, Louisiana, to sell his bitters. It’s traditionally made with rye, sugar, Peychaud’s Creole Bitters, absinthe, and lemon.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Rye: This is the base spirit. We chose Sazerac Rye 18-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey because it’s a nice, spicy rye with notes of vanilla, pepper, and herbs.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with sugar and water. You can buy bottled simple syrup in a store, but we made ours at home using Alex’s recipe because it tastes better fresh and is very easy to make.

Peychaud’s Aromatic Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with botanicals. They add more spice and complexity to the drink and tie the other flavors together.

Absinthe: This is another base spirit. It adds its distinct licorice aroma when spritzed on at the end. We used Amerique 1912 Absinthe Verte made by Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin because it’s made locally to us.

Lemon Twist: This is the garnish. It adds fresh citrus aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Sazerac features distinct absinthe and spice aromas and the initial taste of the spiced whiskey rounded out with the bitters’ unique flavor and absinthe on the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Although fairly simple, this recipe lands on Alex’s list of top ten favorites because of its dry and somewhat bitter taste. Kendall, however, found it to be too bitter for her palate. She’s also not a big fan of absinthe, so she passed on having more than a few sips.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Rye
 ½ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 3 dashes Peychaud's Creole Bitters
 1 Spray of Absinthe
 1 Lemon Twist

Method
1

Rinse the inside of a lowball glass with absinthe.

2

Add rye, bitters, simple syrup, and ice to a mixing glass.

3

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

4

Strain into absinthe-rinsed glass.

5

Garnish with lemon twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Rye
 ½ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 3 dashes Peychaud's Creole Bitters
 1 Spray of Absinthe
 1 Lemon Twist

Directions

Method
1

Rinse the inside of a lowball glass with absinthe.

2

Add rye, bitters, simple syrup, and ice to a mixing glass.

3

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

4

Strain into absinthe-rinsed glass.

5

Garnish with lemon twist.

Sazerac

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More Classic Cocktails

If you like this classic cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Brain Duster: A rye cocktail made with absinthe, sweet vermouth, Angostura aromatic bitters, and a lemon twist

 Blood & Sand: A Scotch cocktail made with cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, orange juice, and a cherry

 Brooklyn: A rye cocktail made with dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and Amer Picon

 Boo Radley: A bourbon cocktail made with Cynar, cherry liqueur, a lemon peel, and an orange peel

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