A classic New Orleans cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Keyword: makecaloriesgreatagain, mcga, Rye Whiskey, Sazerac
Cooking Method: No Cooking Required
Cocktail Catagory: Classic, Other Mixed
Cocktail Ingredient: Bitters, Rye Whiskey
FoodOrDrink: Drink


  • 5 parts Rye Whiskey Gotta be rye otherwise it's not a Sazerac
  • 1 part Simple Syrup See notes
  • 1 splash Absinthe
  • 5 dashes Bitters
  • 1 ea Lemon Peel Garnish. Optional.


  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Chill the glass by filling it with ice and letting it sit
  • Dump the ice and use the absinthe to "rinse" the glass out. Swirl it around and then dump it out (into your mouth if you feel so inclined).
  • Add the bitters and simple syrup. Stir.
  • Add the whiskey and stir. Garnish with lemon peel and enjoy!


  • When young adults think of drinks in New Orleans, they picture Pat O’Brien Hurricanes and Hand Grenades.  As they age, this is the drink that takes the place of those.  Excellent to sip before, during, or after a formal dinner.
  • This is a stiff drink.  It doesn’t get mixed with ice so doesn’t water down at all.  
  • I’m personally not an absinthe fan, but the taste in this drink is so slight that I actually enjoy it as it compliments the whiskey and bitters.
  • See my recipe for Simple Syrup if you’re unfamiliar with this ingredient.
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