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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



  • sugar cube 1
  • rye whiskey 50ml
  • Peychaud bitters 2 dashes
  • absinthe 5ml
  • lemon a twist of peel


  • Step 1

    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.

  • Step 2

    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.