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.



Sazerac Cocktail

Course: Cocktail, cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: Amercian, cajun, creole, French, Mardi Gras, New Orleans
Servings: 1
Calories: 136 kcal
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.



  • 1 cube sugar
  • ounces Rye Whiskey
  • ¼ ounce Herbsaint
  • 3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  • Lemon peel


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

Recipe Notes



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

Nutrition Facts
Sazerac Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136
% Daily Value*
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 4g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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