Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Sazerac Cocktail

1 bar-spoonful gum syrup

Ingredient: gum syrup

Also Known As:  Gomme syrup What it is:  Syrup

An ingredient commonly used in mixed drinks. Like bar syrups, it is a sugar and water mixture, but has an added ingredient of gum arabic which acts as an emulsifier.

Substitution:  simple syrup

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[small barspoonful]
3 drop Peychaud bitters

Ingredient: Peychaud bitters

What it is:  Bitters
Substitution:  bitter

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[Selner bitters]
1 jigger brandy

Ingredient: brandy

What it is:  Brandy
Brandy (from brandywine, derived from Dutch brandewijn—"burnt wine") is a spirit produced by distilling wine, the wine having first been produced by fermenting grapes. Brandy generally contains 35%–60% alcohol by volume and is typically taken as an after-dinner drink. While some brandies are aged in wooden casks, most are colored with caramel coloring to imitate the effect of such aging.

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[French]
1 dash absinthe

Ingredient: absinthe

What it is:  Spirit
An anise-flavored spirit derived from herbs, including the flowers and leaves of the herb Artemisia absinthium (wormwood). Absinthe traditionally has a natural green color but can also be colorless. Although absinthe was vilified, no evidence has shown it to be any more dangerous than ordinary spirits.

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1 lemon

Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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peeled

Into a mixing glass full of cracked ice place about a small barspoonful of gum syrup, three drops of Selner bitters and a jigger of Sazerac brandy; stire wll, strain into a stem cocktail glass which has been rinsed out with a dash of absinthe, sqeeze a piece of lemon peel over the top and serve with ice water on the side.