The official cocktail of New Orleans, the Sazerac has a long history that involves a one-time bourbon baron by the name of Thomas Handy. Made with absinthe, banned in the early 1900’s when thought to cause hallucinations, it is considered on of the original classic cocktails. Be sure to chill the serving glass prior to filling.
1 t sugar
3 or 4 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
a few drops of water
3 oz rye whiskey, such as Sazerac Rye
1 t absinthe
Place the sugar, bitters and water in a mixing glass. Mix until sugar is dissolved.
Add the rye whiskey to the glass and fill with ice. Stir for about 30 seconds.
Pour the absinthe into the chilled serving glass. Swirl the glass to coat the sides. Discard any excess.
Strain the rye mix into the serving glass. Add a twist of lemon.