Sazerac Cocktail Recipe

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1. Chill the Glass 

Begin by chilling an old-fashioned glass. You can do this by filling it with ice cubes and letting it sit while you prepare the rest of the cocktail. 

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2. Prepare the Absinthe Rinse 

In a separate glass, pour a small amount of absinthe, typically about a quarter to half an ounce. Swirl the absinthe around the glass to coat the interior, then discard the excess. This step infuses the glass with the aromatic flavor of absinthe. 

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3. Muddle the Sugar Cube 

Place a sugar cube in the bottom of the chilled glass. Add a few dashes of Peychaud's bitters directly onto the sugar cube. Using a muddler or the back of a spoon, gently crush the sugar cube to dissolve it into the bitters. This creates a sweet and aromatic base for the cocktail. 

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4. Add Rye Whiskey 

Once the sugar cube is muddled, pour 2 ounces of rye whiskey over the sugar and bitters mixture. Traditionally, Sazerac cocktails are made with rye whiskey for its robust flavor. 

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5. Stir with Ice  

Fill the glass with ice cubes and stir the contents gently for about 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the cocktail. Stirring also helps to blend the flavors together. 

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6. Strain into the Glass 

Discard the ice from the chilled glass that was used for the absinthe rinse. Then, using a strainer, carefully pour the whiskey mixture from the mixing glass into the chilled glass, making sure to leave any ice behind. 

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7. Express Lemon Peel 

Take a lemon peel and twist it over the surface of the drink to release its essential oils. Rub the rim of the glass with the peel to further infuse the cocktail with the lemon's aroma. 

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8. Serve 

Drop the lemon peel into the glass as a garnish. Some variations of the Sazerac also include a cherry garnish. Serve the cocktail immediately while it's still cold and enjoy! 

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