The Best Sazerac Recipe

February 12, 2018 (Last Updated: August 15, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

The Classic Sazerac Recipe is so tasty and has so much character. It brings together Rye Whiskey and Absinthe in a New Orleans drink mainstay that is so darn delicious.

Sazerac on wood plank with lemon and mixing spoon

After looking at the history of the Sazerac and looking at the elements of the cocktail, I think it is time to make the best Sazerac recipe we can. This New Orleans classic is really a simple drink to make, but it the ingredients can also become quickly unbalanced. With just a little patience and the right ingredients, you to can make a great cocktail with this Sazerac recipe.

The Devil Is In The Details in A Great Sazerac Recipe

In our elements post, we covered the ingredients we are going to use. Here we are going to refer to that post, as well as make some cocktail construction tips.

We will be constructing this in two Old Fashioned Glasses. One is used for chilling and an absinthe wash, while the other is used to construct the bulk of the drink. Like the Old Fashioned, we are going to use our own sugar cube recipe. A person can use simple syrup or plain sugar, as well.

sazerac ingredients on a counter - whiskey, absinth, peychaud's bitters, lemon, sugar

We also use an absinthe wash. Very little absinthe is actually used in the cocktail, but not much is needed. It is very high in alcohol and the anise flavors can be very strong. In the chilling glass, just a small splash will be used to rinse the inside and then the rest will be discarded.

muddling ingredients for a sazerac

This simple, classic Sazerac recipe is a winner and respects the heritage of the classic cocktail. Thanks for reading and please make sure to follow me on Pinterest and sign up to receive Ramshackle Pantry posts via email.

pouring rye whiskey into sazerac cocktail

overhead shot of sazerac


The Best Sazerac Recipe

Sazerac on wood plank with lemon and mixing spoon

How to make the best classic Sazerac cocktail. Celebrate New Orleans culture with this cocktail and drink an awesome drink tonight!

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 10 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 Drink 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: New Orleans


  • 2 Old Fashioned Glasses
  • Ice
  • Water
  • 1 Sugar Cube (SEE NOTES)
  • 4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 2 Oz Rye Whiskey (I use Sazerac Rye)
  • Splash of Absinthe
  • Lemon Peel


  1. Fill one Old Fashioned Glass with Ice and cold water
  2. In the other glass, place sugar cube at the bottom
  3. Add 4 dashes of bitters and just a splash of water
  4. Muddle until mixed
  5. Add ice to same glass
  6. Add whiskey
  7. Empty the glass filled with ice water
  8. Add the splash of absinthe and swirl around to try and coat inside of glass
  9. Dump any remaining absinthe
  10. Using mixing spoon, stir whiskey concoction for about 10 seconds
  11. Strain whiskey concoction into empty glass
  12. Express lemon peel into cocktail, wipe edges with peel and add as garnish
  13. Enjoy

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  • Reply
    Jacqueline Piper | PiperCooks
    February 12, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Nice looking cocktail, who doesn’t like a shot of whiskey? Also, gotta say, cool idea making sugar cubes!

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      February 12, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      Making the sugar cubes is fun, easy, and makes muddling feel a little bit cooler.

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    February 12, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    I’ve never even heard of this drink until you posted about it. Learn something new every day.

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    February 12, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    LOVE a good sazerac. We’ve never tried making them at home… maybe Valentine’s Day dinner is the perfect excuse!

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    February 12, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    We always love a good New Orleans Sazerac. What an interesting twist to make your own sugar cubes. How fun!

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    Kiki Johnson
    February 13, 2018 at 11:47 am

    I have never heard of this drink but I do like all the ingredients. Definitely worth a try. Can’t wait for the weekend

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    Dominique | Perchance to Cook
    February 14, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I’m bookmarking this!! My husband and I loved ordering this back when we lived in New Orleans. It’s hard to find a good recipe and this one looks great! 🙂

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    February 15, 2018 at 4:53 am

    This cocktail looks like my husband will love it! Worth to try on the weekend!

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    February 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Beautiful and simple recipe, just how I like it ! Looks like a good drink for entertaining.

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    Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen
    February 17, 2018 at 7:37 am

    I’ve never had a sazerac before, but I do love whiskey so will be trying this out!

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    Jenni LeBaron
    February 17, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Yum, the fella and I both love a good Sazerac. Thanks for sharing such an awesome classic!

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    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    February 18, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    I’ve never heard of that cocktail although in my historical reading days I read quite a bit about absinthe. This is one cocktail I’ll have to try — we love trying new drinks along with our good wine.

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    February 18, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Why have I not ever had this before?!? That is about to change!

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    Amy Nash
    February 19, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Such an interesting cocktail and I love that you can make your own sugar cubes!

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    Taylor W.
    November 1, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Looks great! Love the sugar cube idea. My husband would love this!

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    November 1, 2018 at 8:47 am

    I haven’t heard of this drink either! But I’m sure I’d like it – as I like Rye (Angel’s Envy is my fav).

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    Lauren Vavala | Delicious Little Bites
    November 1, 2018 at 9:02 am

    I haven’t heard of this brand of Whiskey but will have to give it a try – my fiance won’t mind me asking him to stop at the liquor store – haha!

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    Jennifer | SavorwithJennifer
    November 1, 2018 at 9:10 am

    I have never heard of this one, but it sounds right up my alley and totally delish! I can always use a new cocktail and my repertoire.;)

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    November 1, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Oh, never had sazerac and I do like an occasional, rye whiskey cocktail. Getting this one on the list. Thanks Ben!

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    March 21, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Well put together, but I must opine that Old Overholt is the rye whiskey of choice for the Sazerac! None-the-;less, Sazerac rye is also good, and well marketed particularly by the recently opened Sazarac House on the corner of Canal St. & Decatur (Magazine). Thanks for the article!

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      March 21, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks for the visit and comment!

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