Sazerac Cocktail Recipe

Classic Sazerac Cocktail

Classic Sazerac Cocktail

Make this classic sazerac cocktail with a lemon twist.

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2 ounces rye whiskey
3 dashes Angostura bitters
3 dashes Peychaud bitters
2 teaspoons simple syrup
lemon twist, for garnish


old-fashioned glass


1. Fill a shaker half full of ice. Pour in rye whiskey, bitters and simple syrup. Stir for 20 seconds.

2. Rinse a chilled old-fashioned glass with Herbsaint.

3. Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

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