Sazerac Cocktail

The Sazerac is an unusual old-school drink with the fine distinction of The Official Cocktail of New Orleans. No garnish, no ice, no citrus juice – but deeply refreshing and smooth. It was originally made with Cognac, but since 1870 or so, rye whiskey has been the standard. And that’s a good thing: Rye’s peppery intensity gets a serious flavor going up front where Cognac might just lay back and take it.

Peychaud’s Bitters and Herbsaint are two New Orleans-local ingredients that give this drink its one-of-a-kind character.


1/4 oz Herbsaint

2 oz rye whiskey

1/4 oz simple syrup

3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters


Chill an Old Fashioned glass in the freezer at least ten minutes.

After the glass is chilled, add Herbsaint to the glass and swirl to coat the inside of the glass.

Discard excess Herbsaint and return glass to the freezer.

Add remaining ingredients to a mixing glass or shaker.

Add a mix of ice cubes and cracked ice to cover well above the liquid level.

Stir well to blend and chill, then double-strain (to catch small bits of ice) into the prepared, chilled glass.

Pinch a lemon zest over the drink to express oils onto its surface, then rub the zest around the glass rim to coat. Discard the zest.


Benjamin D. 18 Jun 2012
2:10 pm

A fine sazerac indeed! I would personally add the lemon zest however. I love extra fruitiness it adds. I greatly appreciated it when at Little Branch in New York, they positioned the peel neatly on top of the glass to let the customer decide whether to add it to the drink or not.

Dinah (MetaGrrrl/Bibulous) 18 Jun 2012
6:00 pm

Enjoying this series very much—but I am a bit baffled why you’re torturing home bartenders with professional jiggers instead of using a nice, friendly marked measure like the 2oz OXOs.

Dave Stolte 22 Jun 2012
9:19 am

Thanks Benjamin & Dinah - appreciate your comments!

I love the 2 oz OXO, it’s a great tool. Our kind sponsor KegWorks provided some of the tools you see in these videos, and we’re happy to show them off. :)

Dinah (MetaGrrrl/Bibulous) 22 Jun 2012
10:50 am

Lovely sponsor, and Thank You, Kegworks!, but what keeps me coming back to or recommending a show is what’s best for the audience, not what’s best for moving product short-term. It’s a tough balancing act, definitely.

(Kegworks team: how about showing your support for beginners here? Even would be a big help. That ‘eyeballing in a cone’ measuring is killin’ me!)

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