My all-time favorite cocktail!
This was served at the old Sazerac Hotel in New Orleans. It has the color of a hot summer sunset in the Crescent City, and the complexity of the Crescent City police blotter...
To make an authentic Sazerac Cocktail:
- Coat an old-fashioned glass with absinthe, Pernod, or similar. Discard the excess.
- Muddle a sugar cube and the teaspoon of water in the bottom of the glass.
- Add one dash of Angostura Bitters and three of Peychaud's Bitters.
- Add a few ice cubes.
- Add two ounces rye whiskey and serve.
There are various whiskeys purporting to be the "original" whiskey of the famous Sazerac cocktail. Some of them are way overproof - you'll want to adjust the proportions to keep this marvelous invention in balance. It is more important to get a rye with a rich, spicy flavor profile that you like than to spend extra for something with excellent marketing and dubious authenticity.