How To: Mix a flaming absinthe Sazerac

Mix a flaming absinthe Sazerac

The Sazerac is the oldest cocktail we know of and is in fact that first contail ever made. Invented in the mid 1800s, a Sazerac requires you to light up a sugar cube for show.

The Sazerac is a drink that must be practiced, tested, tasted, and practiced again. Like a good martini, the Sazerac is not something that you can just make from a recipe. The flavors are subtle and balance on a knife's edge. What is great for one person is too bitter for another. A perfect blend of flavors for me may be too intense for you.

There are a lot of recipes for the Sazerac, just as there are a lot of recipes for the Martini. Here is the recipe that mixologist, Jared Williams used for this video. It happens to be our favorite Sazerac, but you may prefer yours a bit different.

We should point out that in this video Jared burns the sugar cube on the Sazerac. A lot of purists don't like to do this, but it's up to you how you want to concoct your cocktail.

1 shot Rye Whiskey (Jared uses Jim Beam)
1/4 shot Kübler Absinthe
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 sugar cube
2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters.
1/2 ounce water

To make the Sazerac:
Build in a glass:
1 shot rye whiskey (Jared uses Jim Beam)
Absinthe spoon on the glass - sugar on the absinthe spoon
Pour absinthe over the sugar
Squeeze in juice from a quarter lemon (or add a tablespoon of lemon juice.
Pour water over sugar cube to then stir in with the absinthe spoon.

Pour into a shaker tin with ice.
Strain into glass and top with soda water.

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2 Comments

This is the worst thing you cando to a sazerac. This bartender is a hack and should not be allowed to make vodka tonics.

You are a disgrace to the craft. First of all the Sazerac is not the oldest drink, the Hot Toddy is and its from late 1600s and resurfaced in the 1700s. How you could your place of business allow you to make this beautiful drink this way????? Also a Sazerac is served neat, not with ICE?!!!!! That pisses me off, also with a lemon peel expressed and then tossed. U never even flamed the absinthe??? U have embaressed your self and stepped on the craft. New orleans style. I'm amazed worst video on method technique and care I have ever seen.

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