New Orleans Sazerac Cocktail


  • 3 oz rye whiskey
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • Peychaud bitters to taste
  • absinthe or absinthe substitute
  • lemon twist for garnish

This is cocktail made famous at the Sazerac coffee house in New Orleans.


  • Chill and old fashioned glass by filling it with ice and letting it sit for several minutes.
  • In a separate mixing glass. muddle the simple syrup and Peychaud bitters together.
  • Add the rye whiskey and ice to the bitters mixture and stir.
  • Discard the ice in the chilled glass and rinse it with absinthe by pouring a small amount into the glass, swirling it around and discarding the liquid.
  • Strain the whiskey mixture from the mixing glass into the old fashioned glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist.
  • Recipe may be doubled.

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