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  • 1 1/2 oz Rye whiskey
  • 3 Dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  • 1 Sugar Cube
  • 1/4 oz Absinthe
  • Lemon Peel
The Sazerac is one of the oldest known cocktails with its origins in pre-Civil War New Orleans, Louisiana. The original drink is based on a combination of Cognac and bitters created by Antoine Amédée Peychaud in the 1830s, and is reported to be the first cocktail ever invented in America. Since its creation, many different recipes have evolved for the drink, usually involving some combination of Cognac, rye whiskey, absinthe or Herbsaint and Peychaud's Bitters. The Sazerac cocktail was named by John Schiller in 1859 upon the opening of his Sazerac Coffee House in New Orleans. Both most likely derive their name from a popular brand of Cognac, Sazerac-de-Forge et Fils. Chill and coat a glass with Absinthe. Muddle Bitters and sugar. Add muddled mixture and Rye whiskey to glass. Garnish with lemon peel and serve.
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