MARCH 5, 2019
The must-have official drink of New Orleans
The Sazerac takes its name from the use of a French brandy called Sazerac de Forge et Fils as a base up until the late 1800s before bartenders switched to rye. A close cousin to the Old Fashioned, the Sazerac is one of the oldest cocktails in America and is to the Crescent City as peaches are to Georgia. This boozy classic is soft, bold, complex, and along with its little brother the Vieux Carré, wholly New Orleans. The Sazerac is a must-try must-add drink to your cocktail repertoire.
Rinse a chilled rocks glass with absinthe, discarding any excess, and set aside.
In a mixing glass, muddle the sugar cube and bitters with a dash of water.
Add the rye and cognac, fill with ice, and stir until chilled.
Strain into the rocks glass.
Twist a slice of lemon peel over the surface and discard or use to garnish.
*You can also make the Sazerac the more common way with 2 ½ oz rye instead of cognac.