Cocktail Series: Sazerac

As the winter months keep coming and we continue to expand our bartending knowledge and skills, we are looking for a cocktail that requires a stocked bar cart and will bring warmth on the chilly evenings. Now it does appear that most winter-themed cocktails contain rye, whiskey, or brandy. But you won’t find us complaining about that. Today we’re bringing you a rye-based cocktail that requires a specific type of bitters and had to make adjustments when one of its ingredients was banned…That’s right, grab your bar cart and get ready to make a Sazerac. We begin our cocktail history lesson today in a New Orleans drug store in the mid-1800s. Did you imagine this is where our Sazerac story would start? Since Sazeracs are made with specific bitters, why not begin with the man who created them? To make a Sazerac, you must use Peychaud's Bitters named after their creator, Antoine Amédée Peychaud. It is speculated that the original Sazerac was made at his drug store using his bitters and Sazerac-de-Forge et fils Cognac. The Sazerac gained fame at the Sazerac Coffee House where absinthe and sugar were added to this signature cocktail. Over time, rye whiskey became the staple instead of the cognac. While absinthe was banned in 1912, that did not stop this cocktail as bartenders used anise-flavored liqueur to rinse the glass instead. If you’re intrigued by this perfect winter cocktail, grab the rye of your choice, Peychaud's Bitters, sugar or syrup, absinthe, and a lemon twist. Don’t forget to upload all of your cocktail creations to Delectable and happy drinking!

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Sazerac Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

A great rye, and worth every penny at $25/bottle. Herbaceous notes with toasted almonds, caramel, burnt sugar, honey, spices. Really smooth, too 🥃 — 3 years ago

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Peychaud's Bitters

Kirill had this 7 years ago


10 Year Straight Rye Whiskey

Spicy, oaky rye. Perfect for Sazeracs and Whiskey Bucks!
— 8 years ago

Pierre Ferrand

1er Cru De Cognac Grande Champagne Cognac

Had this in a Sazerac; smooth, maple syrup on the nose, made the Sazerac smoother than the rye whiskey version. — 5 years ago

Bill Orke
with Bill


Absinthe Refined 110 Proof

C'est fantastique! — 8 years ago

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Sazerac Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

A great rye for a Sazerac cocktail. — 9 years ago


Straight Rye Whiskey

Great in a sazerac! — 6 years ago

Brandon liked this

Pernod Fils


A truly sublime spirit. Serve with ice water and a sugar cube. — 6 years ago

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Sazerac Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

Learning how to make the Sazerac! 2 oz of rye for delicious sips — 9 years ago

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