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The Sazerac cocktail is a timeless and iconic libation that traces its roots back to the early 19th century in New Orleans, Louisiana. It's considered one of America's oldest cocktails, with a rich history and a unique blend of flavors. Originally crafted with French brandy, it evolved over time to include rye whiskey as its primary spirit. The Sazerac is celebrated for its complex flavor profile and cultural significance, making it a beloved classic among cocktail enthusiasts.

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Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) rye whiskey

  • 1 sugar cube

  • 3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters

  • Absinthe or Herbsaint

  • Lemon peel

  • Ice cubes

  • Mixing glass

  • Bar spoon

  • Old-fashioned glass

Preparation Steps:

  1. Place a sugar cube in a mixing glass and saturate it with 3 dashes of Peychaud's Bitters.

  2. Muddle the sugar cube with the bitters until it's fully dissolved.

  3. Add 60 ml (2 oz) of rye whiskey to the mixing glass.

  4. Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes and stir gently for about 30 seconds to chill the mixture.

  5. Rinse an old-fashioned glass with absinthe or Herbsaint, discarding any excess.

  6. Strain the chilled whiskey mixture into the prepared old-fashioned glass.

  7. Express the oils from a lemon peel over the drink by squeezing it over the glass and twisting to release the essence. Discard the peel or use it as a garnish.

Flavor Profile:

The Sazerac cocktail offers a complex and aromatic flavor profile, with the spicy warmth of rye whiskey balanced by the herbal bitterness of Peychaud's Bitters and the subtle anise notes of absinthe or Herbsaint. It's a sophisticated and contemplative drink that's perfect for sipping and savoring.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing Rye Whiskey: Selecting the right rye whiskey is crucial for a well-balanced Sazerac cocktail. Look for a high-quality rye with a bold and spicy character to complement the other ingredients.

  • Absinthe Rinse Technique: Properly rinsing the glass with absinthe or Herbsaint is essential for imparting the characteristic herbal aroma and flavor to the Sazerac. Use just enough absinthe to coat the glass, pouring out any excess to avoid overpowering the drink.

  • Chilling with Dilution: Stirring the Sazerac with ice not only chills the drink but also dilutes it slightly, softening the intensity of the spirits and marrying the flavors together.

  • Lemon Peel Expression: Expressing the oils from a lemon peel over the finished Sazerac adds a bright and aromatic finish to the cocktail. Be sure to twist the peel over the glass to release the oils without adding excessive bitterness from the pith.

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