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How to make the world’s oldest cocktail – the Sazerac

Cocktails have been a favourite for quite a while, more specifically since the 1800s. According to legend, the world’s first cocktail was invented by apothecary owner Antoine Peychaud in New Orleans. He decided to name the cocktail after the drink’s main ingredient: Sazerac French brandy.

By Taryn Wilson

Today we have a much wider variety, ranging from the standard Long Island to the slightly more daring restaurant and bar signatures.

Although it may no longer be a favourite on the list, the Sazerac is perfect for those cool winter evenings. Are you ready to give it a try this weekend?

The Sazerac

1-2 sugar cubes
2 dashes orange bitters
2 dashes aromatic bitters
59 ml whiskey
1-2 ice cubes
7 ml absinthe
Lemon zest, to garnish
2 rocks glasses

1. Muddle sugar cubes, orange bitters and aromatic bitters in a rocks glass.
2. Add whiskey and stir gently. Add cubed ice and stir until chilled.
3. Add absinthe to a second chilled rocks glass and swirl to evenly coat glass.
4. Discard absinthe from second glass and pour in mixture from the first rocks glass.
5. Rim glass with lemon zest and serve.

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