Absinthe

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.

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Ingredients:

  • .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

Method:

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.

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The Monkey Gland

About The Monkey Gland

Yeah what’s with the name right? It’s a long story about plastic surgery and monkey testicles so we’re just not going to go there. This cocktail is an IBA Classic; and probably the oddest titled one on the list. hailing from Paris, France at Harry’s New York Bar This cocktail can hit you hard with its powerful recipe and the addition of Absinthe. Have fun ordering this one at the bar and not sounding like a weirdo.

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Gin

  • 1.5 Orange Juice

  • Dash of Absinthe

  • Dash of Grenadine

  • Sugar to preference/taste.

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3.5 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:  Strong

  • Difficulty: Complex

  • Flavor:       Spirit

Method:

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled and strain into a martini glass.

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