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sazerac cocktail with a lemon twist

Classic Sazerac

Amy Traynor
Similar to an Old Fashioned, the Sazerac is a delicious (and potent) blend of rye whiskey, simple syrup, Peychaud's bitters, and an absinthe rinse.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz rye whiskey (or cognac)
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • 4 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  • 1/4 oz absinthe


  • Set out two rocks glasses (or a rocks glass and a mixing glass).
  • Add the rye, syrup, and bitters to the first rocks glass (or mixing glass).
  • In the second glass, add the absinthe and swirl to coat the inside of the glass. Discard the absinthe.
  • Fill the first rocks glass (or mixing glass) with ice and stir until well chilled, about 30 seconds.
  • Strain into the absinthe-rinsed glass and garnish with an expressed lemon twist.
Keyword absinthe, Peychaud's bitters, rye whiskey, simple syrup
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