Virginia Switzer, MyRecipes

Said to be The Big Easy's first cocktail, it was originally served at the Sazerac Coffee House.

Yield: Makes 1 serving
Recipe from Southern Living

More From Southern Living


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup rye whiskey or bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon bitters
  • 1/4 teaspoon anise liqueur
  • Lemon rind twist


  1. Cook 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat 5 minutes, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and cool.
  2. Pack a 3 1/2-ounce cocktail glass with ice cubes, and set glass aside.
  3. Combine whiskey, bitters, sugar syrup, and a few ice cubes in a cocktail shaker; stir to chill.
  4. Discard ice cubes in cocktail glass. Coat inside of glass with liqueur, shaking out excess liqueur. (For stronger licorice flavor, leave excess liqueur in glass.) Rub lemon rind over rim of glass, and discard rind.
  5. Strain whiskey mixture into prepared glass. Serve drink immediately.
  6. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Jim Beam Straight Rye Whiskey, Peychaud's Bitters, and Herbsaint anise liqueur. Rye whiskey is distilled from rye grain instead of wheat and barley, giving it a smooth, rich flavor similar to that of bourbon.
My Notes

Only you will be able to view, print, and edit this note.

Add Note

Sazerac Recipe at a Glance

More Recipes Like This

  1. Enter at least one ingredient

Find out what we've got cooking...

Weekly Specials
Get our Free Weekly Specials Newsletter filled with our favorite recipes, seasonal menus, and special features.
We Respect Your Privacy. Privacy Policy