Our wedding couple from this past weekend chose a twist on the classic Sazerac Cocktail for their signature drink. The city of New Orleans played a roll in their courtship, and this ubiquitous cocktail of the Big Easy was the perfect choice to personalize and add another layer of detail to their wedding event.
Originally crafted in New Orleans in the 19th century with ingredients including a unique mix of aromatic bitters, the Sazerac is widely considered to be the first ‘cocktail’ recipe ever created. As a matter of fact, most cocktails of the time, by definition, were not considered a cocktail if they did not contain bitters.
With the resurgence of prohibition-era craft cocktails, aromatic bitters have made a huge impact on the spirits scene. Bitters will subtly add an interesting background flavor to a drink while providing both balance and complexity. There seem to be an endless selection of bitters options available, made from a variety of different botanical matter, adding interesting flavor and depth to craft cocktails.
This Creole Sazerac calls for Berg & Hauck’s Creole Bitters, adding a spiciness to the drink that’s balanced with a touch of fruity and floral aromas. The recipe may seem a bit complex, but worth the work!
1 Sugar Cube 2 oz. Old Overholt Rye Whiskey Spash of St. George Absinthe Verte 3 dashes Berg & Hauck’s Creole Bitters Lemon Peel
Add a splash of Absinthe Verte to a cocktail coupe, we use this adorable Nick & Nora glass, and ‘rinse’ or roll around the glass until the inside is well coated – pour off any excess absinthe
In a mixing glass, muddle the sugar cube with a few drops of water
Add a generous amount of ice, the rye whiskey and the bitters
Stir well and strain into the coupe glass
Garnish with a lemon peel
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