The Sazerac is a classic New Orleans cocktail from the 1800s. If you want to feel like a classy cocktail connoisseur, this is the drink for you.
What is a Sazerac?
The Sazerac is a New Orleans-born variant of a Cognac or whiskey cocktail, named after the Sazerac de Forge et Fils brand of Cognac, used as the original principal ingredient.
The cocktail is generally made with Cognac or rye whiskey, absinthe, Peychaud’s Bitters, and sugar, while bourbon whiskey and Herbsaint are often substituted for the rye and absinthe respectively.
History of the Sazerac cocktail
According to legend, the Creole apothecary Antoine Peychaud created the Sazerac in his shop at 437 Royal Street in 1838. He supposedly served the drink in an egg cup (coquetier) to his fellow Masons after hours, a phrase that some claim developed into “cocktail.” Peychaud’s favorite French brandy, Sazerac-de-Forge et fils, inspired the drink’s name.
American rye whiskey was swapped for Cognac somewhere along the line, and bartender Leon Lamothe added a dash of absinthe in 1873. Absinthe was outlawed in 1912 for reportedly creating hallucinations and was dubbed the “Green Fairy” for its color and the “Black Death” for its licorice flavor. Peychaud’s particular bitters were quickly adopted in its place.
What Glass is a Sazerac Served In?
The Sidecar cocktail is typically served in a low ball or old-fashioned tumbler glass. If you don’t own the right glassware for this cocktail, consider some of the options below.
How to Make a Sazerac
Like most cocktails, bartenders and drinkers often disagree on the best methods and ingredients to create them. Below are the ingredients and directions for a Sazerac. We hope you love this drink as much as we do.
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