Created in New Orleans in the middle of the nineteenth century, the Sazerac is fabled to be the first cocktail ever invented. The drink gets its name from the Sazerac de Forge et Fils cognac, which was initially its primary ingredient. In later years, rye whiskey was substituted for cognac and today it is almost unheard of to find the drink made with any other spirit as its base. Additionally, it is crucial to use the Peychaud’s bitters for the cocktail, which also were invented in NOLA.
Lately we like our sazerac with a couple of twists that honor its heritage yet keep it fresh and interesting.
2 ounces Rittenhouse rye whiskey
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 sugar cube or 1 tsp simple syrup
1 splash Corsair Red absinthe
1 lemon peel for garnish
Splash the Corsair Red absinthe lightly in a rocks glass. Swirl the glass one or two times to distribute the liquid. Add sugar or simple syrup to a shaker, then Peychaud’s bitters and the Rittenhouse rye. Add ice and shake. Pour into rocks glass and add the lemon peel. Serve neat.