How to Make a Sazerac Cocktail

Sazerac Cocktail is a refreshing to drink cocktail which is very simple to prepare. The interesting history behind this amazing cocktail shows Antoine Amedee Peychaud, a Creole apothecary from the French colony of Saint-Domingue, came up with a Sazerac Cocktail when he mixed Cognac with his own Peychaud bitters. It took its time to gain popularity and it was then the signature beverage of the Sazerac Coffee House New Orleans in 1859, where it was given this name. Initially, cognac was the main ingredient of the Sazerac Cocktail but it was later replaced with a rye whiskey. The reason behind this major substitution is not yet known.

Customarily, the Sazerac Cocktail is served in a medium sized rock or an old-fashioned cocktail glass. However, majority of us use other cocktail glasses as well.

Read the simple steps given below and make your own Sazerac Cocktail

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Serving Size: 01
Utensils: Cocktail Glass, Cocktail Mixing Glass, Bar Spoon, Stirrer

– (3 oz) rye whiskey
– (3/4 oz) simple syrup
–  ( 2dashes) Peychaud bitters
– Absinthe
– lemon twist for garnishing – optional
– Ice Cubes


  • 1

    Sazerac Cocktail is best served in a chilled cocktail glass. Therefore, take a rock or an old-fashioned cocktail glass and chill it by filling it with ice cubes or cracked ice. Set the glass aside until you mix the other ingredients.

    Note: You can place the cocktail glass in your refrigerator to chill.

  • 2

    Grab another cocktail mixing glass and place 2 dashes of Peychaud bitters in it. Top it with 3/4 oz of simple syrup. Now, pick a cocktail muddler and muddle both of the ingredients together until mixed well and smooth.

  • 3

    Add 3 oz of rye whiskey into the mixing glass and mix all of the ingredients well with a bar spoon or a stirrer.

  • 4

    Pour an absinthe into pre-chilled old-fashioned cocktail glass and swirl it all around the glass.

  • 5

    Now, pour the drink in the cocktail mixing glass and give it another brief stir.

  • 6

    Your Sazerac Cocktail is ready. Just garnish it with a lemon twist and serve.

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