Original New Orleans Style Sazerac recipe from the Brio Smart Life Blog

Original New Orleans Style Sazerac

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This Big Easy Nightcap is a true American classic. Try this original Sazerac recipe that’ll make you feel that New Orleans hospitality.

Drink of the week: Original New Orleans Style Sazerac

The history behind this classic American cocktail is rather interesting. Invented by Creole pharmacist and inventor of Peychaud’s bitters, Antoine Peychaud, the original Sazerac was a combination of rye whiskey, Absinthe, rich simple syrup, and Peychaud’s Bitters. This Pre-Prohibition era cocktail wouldn’t let the US ban of Absinthe pull it off the cocktail menu. The Sazerac Company got clever and began to use Herbsaint, an anise-flavored liquor, as a substitute for Absinthe.

The Sazerac recipe often juggles back and forth between Cognac and Rye Whiskey. Every bartender I have ever ordered this cocktail from uses the Cognac version of the recipe. They call it the old New Orleans way to make this cocktail, hence why I decided to call this the New Orleans Style Sazerac. Cognac is an acquired taste. It can overpower pretty much everything else in this cocktail, so, for me, the [cognac] Sazerac is one of those sipping cocktails I could nurse all evening.

A proper sazerac is served neat in a rocks/old fashioned glass. So I’ll leave it up to you to decide if you want to make this sazerac with cognac or rye whiskey. You can’t really go wrong either way.

Now let’s show you how you make a Sazerac!



Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • ½ Ounce Absinthe
  • 2 Ounces Cognac [or Sazerac Rye Whiskey]
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 3 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Mixing Glass



Sazerac: Rinse a chilled rocks glass with absinthe and fill the glass with ice. In a mixing glass, pour cognac, simple syrup, and bitters over ice. Stir together for 30 seconds.

Discard the ice from the prepared glass and pour off the excess absinthe. Strain cocktail into the chilled glass, and garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 174 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 7 Carbohydrates (g) 8.5 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 0.1 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 7

Original New Orleans Style Sazerac recipe from the Brio Smart Life Blog


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