Whiskey Wednesday: The Sazerac


We are taking a trip down South for this week’s Whiskey Wednesday, pioneers! And for all of you thinking Mexico, think again (this is a whiskey blog after all! Although we don’t mind a margarita every once in a while…). Grab your Mardi Gras beads because we’re taking you to good ol’ New Orleans to learn about NOLA’s take on the original American cocktail: The Sazerac.

Another drink with a lot of history, the Sazerac was born in the 1850s at a bar called the Merchant’s Exchange Coffee House (pretty sneaky name right?) The Merchant’s Exchange changed ownership many times back in the day and throughout the years it’s name evolved into the Sazerac House, famous for its main specialty – the “Sazerac Cocktail.”

As the Sazerac House continued to shift ownership from person to person over the next thirty years, so did the infamous Sazerac Cocktail Recipe. This trend continued until the death of one of its many owners, a Maryland man by the name of Thomas Handy. Shortly before his death, Mr. Handy divulged the recipe for the house cocktail, which has resulted in its popularity today.

2 ½ oz. Lost Republic rye whisky

2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

1 dash Angostura bitters


1 sugar cube

Lemon peel

Grab your Old Fashioned glass, muddle the sugar cube with a few drops of water before adding in the bitters and rye whiskey. Stir well then strain into a different Old Fashioned glass (yes, another one it’s all part of the ritual) in which you have rolled around a few drops of absinthe. Garnish with a lemon peel for that extra bit of class and be taken back to the speakeasies of NOLA’S famous Bourbon Street.