I have been getting more and more into cocktails recently. One of my favorites is the Sazerac, a old fashioned New Orleans cocktail. Fun fact: the Sazerac is Louisiana's official state cocktail.
It is named as such as a result of the the original cognac used in the drink, even though today rye whiskey is a more common primary ingredient. It is both a delicious cocktail and a small event to make.
2 oz. Rye Whiskey (I use Old Overholt, cheap and tasty)
3 Dashes Peychaud's Bitters
1 tsp Sugar
1 splash Absinthe (or Herbsaint)
Lemon (for garnish)
Start out by filling your old fashioned glass with ice and top off with water to get it nice and cold.
Take another glass and put in the sugar and Peychaud's. Muddle them together and add in the rye. Stir until all of the sugar is dissolved.
Pour out the ice and water from the glass. Add a splash of absinthe to the glass and swirl it around to coat the inside of the glass (you need less than you think). Pour the rye mixture into the glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Serve straight up.
It is a delicious, yet strong cocktail. If you are feeling up to the task, you may well enjoy a Sazerac. Give one a shot.