02/11/2013 09:08 am ET

Sazerac Recipe: A New Orleans Cocktail Original (VIDEO)


With Mardi Gras upon us, we figured now was the perfect time to talk to you about one of our favorite cocktails: the Sazerac. The Sazerac cocktail was invented in New Orleans, and enjoyed a long run as the supposed "first cocktail ever." We're pretty sure that's not true at this point, based on historical facts, but we like to think that if the first cocktail invented was the Sazerac, we never would have created any more, because it's basically perfect.

The Sazerac, a whiskey-cocktail laced with absinthe and Peychaud's bitters is beloved by beginners and experts alike for its simplicity and balance. You can think of it as a NOLA Old Fashioned. Do be careful, it's easy to drink them quickly. Check out the instructional video below, and then get Sazerac recipe for your own Fat Tuesday festivities.

Although rinsing a glass with herbsaint or absinthe is one of the bar's simplest tricks, it never fails to impress your friends.

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