Classic Sazerac

Classic Sazerac


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About this recipe: This alcoholic drink is one of the oldest cocktails known. It is thought to have been created in the 1830s in Louisiana. A frosted glass is coated in ouzo, then sugar, water, bitters and rye whisky is added and stirred together.


Serves: 1 

  • 1/4 teaspoon anise flavoured liqueur, such as ouzo
  • 1/2 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 dashes Peychaud bitters
  • 1 cupful ice cubes
  • 4 tablespoons rye whisky
  • 1 lemon twist, for garnish

Prep:5min  ›  Extra time:15min freezing  ›  Ready in:20min 

  1. Store a cocktail glass in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes before making the cocktail.
  2. Pour the anise flavoured liqueur into the frosted glass and turn to coat the sides. Dump excess liqueur in the sink (or drink it!) Add sugar, water and bitters to the glass, stirring to dissolve. Strain into the glass and pour in the rye whisky. Stir and garnish with a twist of lemon.

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