Sazerac – The Quintessential New Orleans Cocktail

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Sazerac
Sazerac

This is the quintessential New Orleans cocktail. You can substitute the brandy for Whiskey and the absinthe for anise liqueur, and this drink will still be good. Outside of New Orleans, Whiskey was a popular substitute for brandy.

Once absinthe became illegal in the U.S. in 1912, bartenders began substituting it for anise liqueur. On the other hand, Peychaud’s bitters are what make this drink and cannot be replaced. Invented in the mid-1800s by a guy named Aaron Bird, this drink was unknown outside of New Orleans until the early 1900s.

The Sazerac is essentially the French-influenced New Orleans variation of the Old Fashioned. Aaron named the drink after the brand of brandy/cognac (Sazerac-de-Forge et Fils) being imported by a local merchant that he first used to construct this drink.

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Sazerac

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

226

kcal
ABV

34%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the a classic Sazerac.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp Absinthe

  • 1 tsp Peychauds Bitters

  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup

  • 2 oz Brandy

Directions

  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass and combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  • Strain into glass.

Notes


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