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Classic Sazerac

Simply stirred with lemon peel and a sugar cube, this classic whiskey cocktail is reason enough to buy a bottle of rye.
This recipe first appeared on altonbrown.com.
Alton Brown's Classic Sazerac Cocktail Recipe
ACTIVE TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 cocktali


  • Ice cubes
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 5 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  • 2 fluid ounces rye whiskey
  • 1/2 fluid ounce absinthe
  • 1 (2-inch) lemon peel


  • Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice and set aside.
  • Place the sugar cube in a second old-fashioned glass and add the bidders. Muddle these together until the sugar cube is broken and thoroughly mixed with the bitters.
  • Add the rye whiskey and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Fill a small spray bottle with the absinthe. Discard the ice cubes and spray the interior of the chilled glass with absinthe.
  • Pour the whiskey mixture into the absinthe-coated glass and twist lemon peel over the cocktail. Serve immediately.