Skip Nav
Food Reviews
You'll Want to Buy (Almost) Every New Product From Trader Joe's This April
Disney
20 Dreamy Disney Wedding Cake Ideas to Fantasize Over
Holiday Food
Brie vs. Camembert: What's the Difference?

Sazerac Cocktail Recipe

Happy Hour: Sazerac

Sazerac Cocktail RecipeIn honor of Mardi Gras, I've been on the hunt for a native New Orleanian cocktail to raise a glass to on Fat Tuesday. I can only take so many sugary hurricanes, so instead I looked to a stiff drink with a storied history.

I'm not an authority on the sazerac, so I asked Scott Brody, bar manager at San Francisco's Epic Roasthouse, for some expertise. "We use [executive chef] Jan Birnbaum's recipe," he explained. "Jan is very specific about the way the sazerac is prepared." When it comes to the classic cocktail, Birnbaum, who spent years working under the tutelage of Paul Prudhomme, doesn't believe in any fancy bourbon or martini glassware. "It's a working-class drink," Scott explained, adding that Epic's rough-around-the-edges sazerac is always made with Old Overholt Rye.

This Mardi Gras, make a French Quarter favorite with none of the pretense but plenty of authenticity. Read on for the recipe.

Sazerac

Sazerac

Epic Roasthouse Sazerac Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 1/8 ounce Herbsaint or Absinthe
  2. Sugar cube
  3. 3-4 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  4. 2 ounces Old Overholt Rye
  5. Lemon twist, for garnish

Directions

  1. Rinse a straight-sided Collins glass with Herbsaint.
  2. Moisten a sugar cube under running water, then muddle it well in a mixing glass with the Peychaud's bitters.
  3. Pour in the rye whiskey, and stir to further dissolve the sugar. Add ice and churn everything with a bar spoon.
  4. Pour into the prepared glass and garnish with lemon twist.

Makes 1 cocktail.

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
New Orleans Food Guide
Recipe For Ramos Gin Fizz
Bananas Foster Recipe | Video
Captain's Pineapple Cocktail at Disney World
Sazerac Cocktail Recipe | Video
What's the Difference Between Gumbo, Jambalaya, and Etouffee?
Classic Sazerac Cocktail Recipe
Padma Lakshmi's Favorite Restaurant in New Orleans
Tequila Facts
Drinking Bucket List For Couples
From Our Partners
Latest Food
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds