Classic Sazerac

This is THE classic cocktail of New Orleans and maybe the first drink ever to even coin the phrase ‘cocktail’. Which is a possible mispronunciation of the French word cocquetier (egg cup). 

Classic Sazerac

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serves 1


  • 1 teaspoon absinthe, pernod or herbsaint
  • 2 ounce cognac or rye whiskey
  • 3 dash peychaud’s bitters
  • lemon twist as garnish


Add the Absinthe (Pernod or Herbsaint) to an old-fashioned glass. Swirl the liquid allowing some to cling to the sides. Discard the rest. Set the glass aside.

Add the Cognac (or rye whiskey) and the Peychaud’s bitters to a cocktail shaker half filled with cracked ice. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish as you choose with a lemon twist.