The sazerac is a classic cocktail made famous in New Orleans. You can make it with brandy too, but we like ours with rye. There’s a ritual to making this drink but you don’t need any fancy equipment - just 2 glasses. Antoine Peychaud created his own bitters in the 1800s and they’re what give the Sazerac its distinctive flavour. You can buy them from specialist drink shops or online at thedrinkshop.com
Put the sugar into an old fashioned glass. Add the bitters and muddle the sugar cube using a little water if needed. Tip in the whiskey and fill the glass with ice. Stir until the sugar has disolved and the whiskey has been diluted to your taste.
Add the absinthe to the other glass and swirl to coat the inside then tip away the excess. Strain the whiskey mix into the absinthe-coated glass, twist the lemon peel over and drop it in to serve.