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The Sazerac is a whisky cocktail that impresses with its unusual and special flavours. It is very similar to the Old Fashioned Cocktail. The only difference is that the Sazerac uses rye whiskey or cognac as the base spirit and the cocktail is served without ice. In addition, the glass is sprinkled with absinthe before serving. The cocktail originates from the USA, more precisely from the “capital of cocktails” New Orleans, and spread from there all over the world. Discover the easy-to-prepare recipe now and enjoy the drink!

Sazerac Cocktail Recipe

  • 6 cl Rye Whiskey or Cognac
  • 1 cl absinthe
  • One sugar cube
  • Two dashes of Angostura bitters

Step by Step Guide

  1. Rinse an old fashioned glass with absinthe.
  2. Stir the whiskey/cognac, sugar, ice and Angostura bitters in a mixing glass.
  3. Pour the mix into the absinthe-rinsed glass,
    Grain and serve.
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Recipe by Tim

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First, swirl a tumbler with the absinthe, add ice and set the glass aside for the time being. Stir the cognac/whiskey, ice, bitters and sugar cube in a mixing glass with a bar spoon for about 20 seconds. Remove the ice and the absinthe from the glass and pour the mixture from the mixing glass through a bar strainer into the tumbler. You are welcome to garnish the drink with a lemon zest. Then serve and enjoy.

Bar Accessories:

  • Tumbler
  • Stirring glass
  • Ice cubes

Taste profile


32 Reviews

The Sazerac tastes distinctly of spicy and complex whiskey. The strong alcoholic liquorice notes of the whiskey can also be tasted. The interplay of alcoholic whiskey and aniseed-laden absinthe creates a strongly alcoholic and bitter taste. This complexity is underlined by very slightly fruity aromas.

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Sazerac - FAQ

Who invented the Sazerac?

John Schiller is said to have invented the Sazerac in New Orleans in 1859. To this day, this drink is enjoyed in bars all over the world.

What is a Sazerac?

A Sazerac is a very famous cocktail made with whisky and absinthe. The cocktail was briefly forgotten due to the absinthe ban, but today it is one of the best-known and most popular cocktails of all.

What does the Sazerac cocktail taste like?

The Sazerac tastes distinctly of spicy and complex whiskey. The strong alcoholic liquorice notes of the whiskey are also noticeable.

How do you prepare a Sazerac?

First, rinse a glass with absinthe. Then add the whisky and Angostura bitters to the glass. Grain the drink and serve it. But be careful: the cocktail is served without ice.