Sazerac | Classic New Orleans Cocktail Recipe

Sazerac | Classic New Orleans Cocktail is made with Rye Whiskey and Herbisaint. The Sazerac Cocktail dates back to 1838.

Known as the First Cocktail

Created by Antoine Amedie Peychaud, owner of a New Orleans apothecary in 1838. Originally the Sazerac was made with Brandy and his “Peychaud’s Bitters,” made from a secret family recipe. In 1873 the recipe was altered to replace the brandy with American Rye Whisky and a dash of absinthe.

In 1940, the Official Sazerac Cocktail recipe was modified to use Herbsaint as the absinthe.

Buy “Peychaud’s Bitters,” and other Sazerac gift items.



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Sazerac Cocktail

Servings: 1
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Kelly DiMascio
Classic New Orleans cocktail and an important one for you to know and enjoy.  Perfect for sipping at a Mardi Gras party.
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  • 1 cube sugar
  • ounces Rye Whiskey
  • ¼ ounce Herbsaint
  • 3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  • Lemon peel


  • Pack an Old-Fashioned glass with ice
  • In a second Old-Fashioned glass place the sugar cube and add the Peychaud's Bitters to it, then crush the sugar cube
  • Add the Sazerac Rye Whiskey to the second glass containing the Peychaud's Bitters and sugar
  • Empty the ice from the first glass and coat the glass with the Herbsaint, then discard the remaining Herbsaint
  • Empty the whiskey/bitters/sugar mixture from the second glass into the first glass and garnish with lemon peel


To purchase Peychaud’s Bitters, please visit the Sazerac Gift Shop.


Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Sugar: 4g
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