Making A Sazerac At Home Is Easier Than You Think

The Sazerac is a classic American cocktail which traces its roots back to 19th century New Orleans. The mention of an absinthe rinse may intimidate some, but this straightforward rye whiskey recipe demystifies the Sazerac, making it an easy and enjoyable experience for novices and seasoned mixologists alike.

Sazerac Ingredients

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1/4 oz Agave Syrup
  • 3 Dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  • Absinthe
  • Ice
  • Lemon Peel

How To Make A Sazerac

  1. Add rye whiskey, agave syrup, and Peychaud's bitters to a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir to blend but be careful not to dilute.
  2. Add a small amount of absinthe to a chilled rocks glass. Swirl to coat, and discard excess.
  3. Strain the whiskey mix into the prepared glass.
  4. Express lemon peel over the drink with a twist, then drop it in as a garnish.

To achieve the perfect balance, ensure the absinthe rinse is just enough to coat the glass, imparting its unique flavor without overpowering the drink. Precision is key.

Sazerac Riff

This remix looks to the past by swapping out rye for cognac. Until the 20th century, the drink was usually made with cognac and actually derives its name from Sazerac-de-Forge et Fils cognac.

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