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This lighter gin Sazerac is perfect for when you’re in the mood for something boozy but it’s a smidge too hot for the classic version.

Designed to be a lighter Sazerac, this cocktail keeps one ounce of spicy rye and is fortified with higher proof gin and orange bitters to create a more spring/summer appropriate version of the New Orleans classic.

1 1/4 oz Gin

1 oz Rye

2 Demerara Sugar Cubes (or 1/2 oz Demerara Simple Syrup)

4-5 dash Peychaud’s Bitters

2 dash Orange Bitters

Absinthe Rinse

Lemon Peel

  1. Place sugar cubes in a thick-bottomed cocktail mixing glass. Dash bitters over sugar. Using a muddler, grind the sugar into the bitters until it has become one, smooth liquid texture.
  2. Add ice. Allow to proof for 30 seconds-1 minute.
  3. Rinse a glass with absinthe and set aside. be sure not to leave any liqueur sitting in the bottom of the glass.
  4. Stir cocktail well for about 10 seconds. Strain into the absinthe-rinsed glass.
  5. Express a lemon peel over the surface of the drink and enjoy!

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