- 2 oz Bourbon
- 1 tsp Ricard
- 1 tsp Water
- 2 dashes Peychaud Bitters
- 1/2 tsp Superfine Sugar
- 1 twist Lemon Peel
The Sazerac is a classic cocktail with deep roots in New Orleans. It is believed to be one of the oldest known American cocktails, dating back to the mid-1800s. Its unique combination of flavors and strong whiskey kick have made it a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts.
To make a Sazerac, start by chilling an old-fashioned glass by filling it with ice and setting it aside. In a separate mixing glass, muddle a sugar cube with a few dashes of Peychaud's bitters. Add a few ice cubes to the mixing glass, followed by 2 ounces of rye whiskey. Stir the mixture gently until well combined and chilled.
Take the chilled old-fashioned glass and discard the ice. Rinse the glass with absinthe, coating the sides and bottom. This step adds a subtle touch of anise flavor to the cocktail. Strain the whiskey mixture from the mixing glass into the absinthe-coated glass.
Finally, garnish the Sazerac with a lemon twist, expressing the oils over the drink before dropping it in. This adds a citrusy aroma that complements the flavors of the cocktail. Serve the Sazerac neat, without ice.
In conclusion, the Sazerac is a classic cocktail that pays homage to the rich history of New Orleans. Its blend of rye whiskey, bitters, absinthe, and citrus oils creates a complex and satisfying flavor profile. Whether you're a seasoned cocktail enthusiast or just getting into mixology, the Sazerac is a must-try drink that is sure to impress.
Best served in a Old-Fashioned Glass.
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