The best kind of cocktail is one that blends history and nostalgia with the freshest and most delightful ingredients possible — and the Sazerac Cocktail does it all.
With almost 400 years of rich history, the Sazerac Cocktail first gained popularity in New Orleans in the 1850s, and its combination of bold and bright flavors has made it a favorite in the New Orleans cocktail scene ever since. On June 23, 2008, the Louisiana legislature voted to make the Sazerac Cocktail the Official Cocktail of New Orleans, and it is served around the world to this day. It now has its grandest home yet—in the esteemed Sazerac House, just steps away from the location that catapulted the drink to fame. No trip to New Orleans is complete without a stop to try the original, made with classic ingredients like Sazerac Rye Whiskey and Peychaud’s Bitters.
And the best time to experience this homage to New Orleans’ iconic cocktail culture? Sazerac Cocktail Week, of course. Honor the rich history of the Sazerac’s impact on New Orleans cocktail culture from June 20th-26th here.
What Is Sazerac Cocktail Week?
From June 20 to June 26 this year, Sazerac Cocktail Week honors the famous cocktail’s epic contribution to New Orleans’ spirited history as well as the anniversary of the legislature that deemed it the Official Cocktail of the city. Saluting the milestone, this spirited, stylish event recognizes the cultural impact the cocktail has made on the city, combining a tour of the famed Sazerac House with cocktail-making classes, tastings, pairings and even a Sazerac sipping playlist.
But there’s more to this jubilant celebration; Sazerac Cocktail Week makes it a point to give back. The funds raised will benefit Feed the Second Line, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the people who carry on the culture of New Orleans. It aims to provide a stronger safety net for New Orleans culture bearers, to honor its traditions and carry them forward.
You can reserve tickets here to fully immerse yourself in the magic of the tradition and learn something new along the way!
How You Can Get the Sazerac Experience at Home
Can’t take off to New Orleans right now? Don’t worry—there’s a way to bring a part of Sazerac Cocktail Week to your home. Gather up your bar tools, because on June 23, The Sazerac House is hosting a virtual class that will teach you exactly how to create the famed Sazerac Cocktail yourself, so you can capture a taste of iconic New Orleans cocktail history in your everyday life.
Hosted by Experience Team Leader Matt Ray, an expert Sazerac maker and cocktail historian, this event will show you how to make the Sazerac Cocktail at home while weaving in the entertaining history of the drink. Featuring classic spirits and bright flavors, the Sazerac Cocktail will elevate your taste buds and show you why ingredients and preparation matter in the quest to make the perfect cocktail.
And of course, don’t forget to stock up your bar for this New Orleans cocktail ritual: Sazerac House has one of the best-stocked online shops in the business, where you can buy everything from quality bitters to seamlessly crafted whiskey glasses and bar accessories. Set the music, chill some glasses, and get ready to immerse yourself in the magic.
The Sazerac Cocktail Recipe
Still curious about the Sazerac Cocktail? Made with bold Sazerac Rye Whiskey, combined with handcrafted Peychaud’s bitters, a bright lemon twist, and some simple sugar in a chilled Herbsaint-rinsed glass, the refreshing, chilled drink brings out an amalgamation of contrasting tastes: Think herbaceous, rye-spiced, and balanced.
You’ll soon see why people have been toasting their milestones with Sazeracs for centuries—and wonder why you didn’t start sooner!
- 1.5 oz. Sazerac Rye Whiskey
- 1 sugar cube
- 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
- .25 oz. Herbsaint
- Lemon twist
- Pack an Old-Fashioned glass with ice.
- Place a sugar cube in a second Old-Fashioned glass and add three dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters.
- Muddle the sugar cube with the bitters.
- Add the Sazerac Rye Whiskey to the Peychaud’s Bitters and sugar.
- Add ice and stir, making sure the ingredients are well mixed and allowing the ice to slightly melt and temper the drink.
- Empty the ice from the first glass and coat the glass with the Herbsaint.
- Strain the whiskey / bitters / sugar mixture into the Herbsaint-coated glass, and garnish with the twisted lemon peel.
Honor the rich history of Sazerac’s impact on New Orleans cocktail culture here.