The Sazarac

About The Sazarac

The IBA Classic from the Big Easy makes a claim to be the oldest known American cocktail, with possible pre-Civil War origins. Although it can be a little tricky to make, this cocktail is typically a showcase drink for accomplished mixologists and is typically not in favor in the current bar scene. The Sazarac was named as the official cocktail of New Orleans in 2008.



  • .5 oz. Absinthe

  • 2 oz. Cognac

  • .5 oz. Simple Syrup

  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

  • 1 Lemon Twist for garnish

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3.5 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:   Strong

  • Difficulty:  Complex

  • Flavor:       Spirit


Rinse a chilled Old Fashioned glass with Absinthe, then fill with crushed ice. In a mixing glass (separate from the Old Fashioned glass), add all other ingredients and fill with ice. Stir until well chilled. Discard ice and excess absinthe in the Old Fashioned glass, and strain ingredients into glass. Garnish with lemon twist.