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Sazerac cocktail: a 19th century recipe based on brandy and absinthe.


For 1 person
5 cl brandy (Cognac)
1 cl Absinthe
1 cl simple syrup
2 ou 3 dashes Peychaud's Bitter

How to make

👉 straight to the glass / 🥃 old fashioned / 🍸 short drink (7cl) / ⏱️ 3 mn
  1. Put some ice in a glass A to cool it.

  2. In another glass B next to it, add the ice, the simple syrup, the bitters and the cognac then mix with a mixing spoon.

  3. Discard the ice from the now cooled glass A.

  4. Spray the entire inside of this glass A of absinthe. *

  5. Strain the mixture from the glass B into the glass A.

  6. Add lemon zest.


The Sazerac cocktail is said to have been created around 1850, it takes its name from the brandy of the same name with which the cocktail was originally made. A few years later, brandy was forced to be replaced by rye whiskey because of phylloxera which was destroying the vines. The original Sazerac recipe is therefore good with brandy.

The Sazerac is an old cocktail, but contrary to some popular belief it is not the oldest.

*If you don't have the equipment to spray into the glass, swirl the ice and absinthe with a mixing spoon to impregnate the entire interior of the glass.

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