Recipe courtesy of John Green and John Green

Classic Sazerac

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 drink
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1 sugar cube

2 dashes Peychaud's bitters 

2 ounces bourbon 

1/4 ounce absinthe 

Lemon peel, for garnish 


  1. Muddle the sugar and bitters to a paste in an old-fashioned glass. Fill the glass with ice, add the bourbon and stir for 12 to 15 seconds with a bar spoon or long-handled spoon.
  2. In a second old-fashioned glass, add the absinthe, swirl to coat the inside of the glass, then discard the excess absinthe. Strain the bourbon mixture into the absinthe-rinsed glass.
  3. Serve without ice, neat. Garnish with a lemon peel.
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