The Grasserac – Sazerac’s Hemp Based Cocktail Cousin

February 13, 2018 (Last Updated: February 16, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

New Orleans nightlife can feel a little naughty and so can this delicious hemp-based Sazerac spinoff, the Grasserac cocktail! As a bonus, it is tasty and fun.

Grasserac cocktail with hemp vodka and other sazerac cocktails

You guys. I just couldn’t help myself with this one. While pondering the mysteries of life and thinking about the Sazerac cocktail, the idea for this drink came to me… the Grasserac. So I toiled and stewed over my mixing cauldron and came up with what I think is a great drink that celebrates the Sazerac and makes great use of hemp-based vodka. Enjoy The Grasserac!

Ben. Why? Why You Do This?

To me, it actually makes a lot of sense that this should be a cocktail. One of a Sazerac’s key ingredients, absinthe, has been demonized for a very long time. As we learned while looking at absinthe history, the drink was banned in the US in the early 1900s. Somewhere along the way, they figured out the demonization was a bunch of hooey and in 2007 was reinstated as a legal spirit in the US.

Look, I choose not to partake in the wacky tobaccy, but I think it is easy to come to the conclusion that marijuana has been demonized for a very long time. It shares this past with absinthe and the Sazerac. We are not even using the real thing, but it’s THC free cousin, hemp.

I just think the combination of the ingredients, hemp and absinthe, make for a great marriage in a story of troubled pasts.

Hemp Vodka

I knew the Grasserac needed hemp in it. I called down to my local Bottle Barn to see what they may have had in terms of hemp infused alcohol. Fortunately enough, the first shipment of Colorado High Vodka was on its way. I literally could not have made the drink I wanted had it been a week earlier.

grasserac ingredients on counter - peychaud's bitters, absinth, whiskey, and hemp vodka

So, I picked up a bottle of this vodka, which was reasonably priced, and brought it home. The first step was to just taste the booze and get a feel for it. It tastes good. I am not a vodka connoisseur, but we did look at vodka a bit in our Moscow Mule series. A straight-up classic vodka should impart no flavor, but I didn’t expect that from this spirit and that is what I got. It advertises a subtle nuttiness and that is what I got. There was no strong flavor, but a decent one that would serve as a good alcohol base with a twist of hemp.

dumping peychaud's bitter into mixer

cutting lemongrass on a blue cutting board with glass of water

Straight Vodka or Mix

While developing this cocktail, one thing I struggled with a bit is whether to use just vodka or to also use whiskey. I didn’t really want to alter the cocktail in a way that would make it unrecognizable and wanted to pay appropriate homage to the original cocktail. After testing the cocktail out, I decided it needed both.

The Grasserac contains the Colorado High Hemp vodka and Sazerac Rye Whiskey. The whiskey gives the cocktail the flavor that people expect from the Sazerac. The vodka does dilute the flavor of the rye just a tad, but adds the subtle hemp flavors from the vodka.

pouring hemp vodka into measuring vessel for cocktail

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The Grasserac – Sazerac’s Hemp Based Cocktail Cousin

Grasserac cocktail with hemp vodka and other sazerac cocktails

The bad boy of the Sazerac is its absinthe. Pair that with hemp infused vodka for a double dose of bad boy with The Grasserac!

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 2 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 Minutes
  • Total Time: 5 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 Drink 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: New Orleans


  • 1 Old Fashioned Glass
  • 1 Mixing Vessel for muddling, mixing, and straining
  • Ice
  • Water
  • 1 stick of lemongrass
  • 1 Sugar Cube (SEE NOTES)
  • 4 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Dash Water
  • 1 ounce of hemp vodka
  • 1 ounce rye whiskey
  • Splash of absinthe


  1. Fill Old Fashioned Glass with Ice and cold water
  2. In mixing vessel, add 1 sugar cube and add bitters
  3. Add 1 ” of the stick of lemongrass
  4. Add a splash of water
  5. Muddle
  6. Add ice to mixing vessel
  7. Add vodka and whiskey
  8. Add whiskey
  9. Empty the glass filled with ice water
  10. Add the splash of absinthe and swirl around to try and coat inside of glass
  11. Dump any remaining absinthe
  12. Using mixing spoon, stir whiskey vodka concoction for about 10 seconds
  13. Strain into empty glass
  14. Garnish with remaining lemongrass stick
  15. SERVE

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  • Reply
    Jeff the Chef
    February 17, 2018 at 9:40 am

    This sounds pretty interesting! I had no idea there was hemp-based vodka. I need to do more drinking!

  • Reply
    Kat Jeter
    March 8, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Very interesting! I’ve never tried absinthe and I didn’t even know there was hemp vodka. Now I want to try both!

    • Reply
      March 8, 2018 at 11:33 am

      Absinth is super interesting and, IMO, something a person has to try at least once.

  • Reply
    March 8, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I have to try making this cocktail! Hemp based vodka sounds so interesting!

  • Reply
    Michelle Barsness
    March 8, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    What an interesting combination of spirits! Love your story about how you experimented and came up with this great cocktail. It sounds both interesting and refreshing.

    • Reply
      March 8, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      Thank you, Michelle. The name and ingredients just FIT!

  • Reply
    Dominique | Perchance to Cook
    March 8, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I love this twist on the sazerac. I’m going to show this to my husband because he loves different types of drinks and this one is definitely different and sounds awesome!

    • Reply
      March 8, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      Why not?! It is definitely different. 🙂

  • Reply
    March 9, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    I’m going to have to share this cocktail with my husband as he loves sazeracs. We have absinth. The challenge will be finding some hemp vodka. I live in Philly and Pennsylvania is such a weird state about it’s liquor imports. If all else fails I bet I can get it Jersey!

    • Reply
      March 11, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      It is hard to get some kinds of booze in PA? Huh… did not know this. P.S. In Wentz We Trust. 😉

  • Reply
    March 10, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    This sounds so interesting and probably just perfect for the weekend! I think the way you describe it sounds tempting-makes me really want to taste it!

    • Reply
      March 11, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Well, you should! it is a fun drink.

  • Reply
    Anne Lawton
    March 11, 2018 at 11:16 am

    This is such a unique cocktail. I did not know that hemp based vodka was a real thing! I’m not a vodka drinker, but might have to give it a try.

    • Reply
      March 11, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      I was pretty pumped to find this. lol. It is always fun to try interesting things, right?

  • Reply
    Cleo @ Journey to the Garden
    March 12, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Wow, I have no idea about cocktails but this sounds interesting. I use hemp but I haven’t heard of hemp vodka. I’m definitely going to check it out.

  • Reply
    Rezel Kealoha
    March 12, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    ooh. I love learning about new cocktails. I will need to try this out or try to scour some bars for some hemp vodka!

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