If you have a fondness for a traditional Old Fashioned cocktail, then I’m betting you’ll want to try this Sazarac cocktail recipe. It’s the kind of drink to sip, savor and relish. Be sure to order one next time you’re in New Orleans, or test your bartending skills and make one yourself.
Naturally when I go to New Orleans, I concentrate on antiquing in the French Quarter, artist displays around Jackson Square and trolley sight seeing. Next is scoping out where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I’m not the kind of girl to miss a meal or an opportunity to try something new. Thankfully my taste in cocktails is a bit more sophisticated these days. No more fruity frozen concoctions from the drink machines on Bourbon Street. Instead, you’ll hear me ordering a “Sazarac and a large glass of water please”. (Hydration is key and I’m a bit of a light weight.) 😉
The Sazarac is hardly new, originating in New Orleans over a century and a half ago tells me someone did something right. The drink is even more popular today.
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Sazarac Cocktail Recipe
- 1/2 ounce Absinthe
- 3 ounces Rye Whiskey
- 1/2 to 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon Peychaud’s bitters
- 1/2 teaspoon Angostura aromatic bitters
- Lemon peel for garnish
- Use two cocktail glasses, one for mixing the other to serve.
- Add 1/2 once of absinthe to a glass and swirl to coat the inside. Discard remaining liquid and set glass aside.
- Combine rye whiskey, simple syrup and bitters in a glass, then add ice and stir to mix.
- Using a strainer transfer into the serving glass already coated with absinthe adding a lemon peel for garnish.
Recipe Notes And Observations
Sazarac can also be prepared using equal parts cognac and rye whiskey, or substitute bourbon for rye whiskey in the recipe above.
I noticed some of the restaurants in New Orleans garnish with orange peel instead of lemon, although lemon is more traditional.
Serving a Sazarac on the rocks is totally up to you, and I promise I won’t judge.
Now, imagine yourself dining on the patio toasting your sweetie with a Sazarac. Oh and don’t forget a French baguette and a dozen grilled oysters on the side. Yum!
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