Today we’re going to show you how to make the sazerac, this is a classic cocktail recipe with a historic origin in New Orleans. It is said it started as a Brandy Toddy and morphed over time to what we now consider the sazerac.

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The sazerac, once a brandy toddy, changed over time to call for cocktail bitters and a rye whiskey. The use of absinthe was added early in the recipe design and moved to call for Herbsaint because it was cheaper and accessible in the New Orleans area (and didn’t have the stigma of absinthe).

The sazerac is odd in that it does not contain ice, this might be due to the sazerac being a remedy used at an apothecary run by Antoine Amédée Peychaud.

Cocktail bitters, specifically peychaud’s bitters were called for in the recipe because they were the main herbal remedy to ailments. Of course, today, we have plenty of great brands of bitters and, in this recipe, we chose to use Scrappy’s Orleans Bitters for Peychaud and Scrappy’s Aromatic for Angostura.

But, you can do anything you want, it will still be a great basic cocktail.

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  1. I went to New Orleans over spring break for the first time! Wanted to go to Sazerac but ended up going to Latitude 29, Tiki Tolteca and Portside Lounge. We also went to the Pharmacy museum (saw Warren Bobrows books being sold there, thought of y’all!) and went to the Southern food and beverage museum and saw their cocktail history section, and their HUGE absinthe exhibit (largest collection/display in America). It was so cool!

  2. Just FYI… It's pronounced pay-shows. The D is silent. Us French Cajuns can't spell anything correct.

  3. I enjoy black licorice tastes! I've also been really curious to try one of these and this video is the tipping point! I'm gonna go make my own, after of course buying some bitters from awesomedrinks. And some absinthe because that's just something I should have

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