This traditional New Orleans cocktail is made with rye, sugar, bitters, lemon and just a rinse of absinthe. It's been made the same way -- without complaints -- by generations of bartenders in the Big Easy. Follow these instructions to the letter, and there's no way you can go wrong.
Chill one old fashioned glass and use another for mixing (this is the tradition, as opposed to a mixing glass or shaker). Place the sugar cube in the glass for mixing. Add a couple of drops of water and muddle the sugar cube until it is a paste. Pour in the whiskey and both bitters. Add ice cubes and stir.
Into the chilled glass, add a dash of absinthe and swirl it around the glass until it is coated; discard any excess. Strain the whiskey mixture into the coated glass. Squeeze the lemon peel over the drink and drop it in as a garnish. Serve immediately.
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