Emeril's Sazerac Cocktail

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

From Emeril Lagasse's book "Every Day's a Party"; posted for ZWT 5. From the intro to the recipe: "When the Sazerac was first created, it contained an imported cognac made by a company called Sazerac-Deflorge et Fils of Limoges, France. The mixture changed in the late 1870's, when American rye whiskey was substituted for the brandy." The original recipe is attributed to Antoine Amadie Peychaud, a Creole apothecary. It was originally served in an egg cup, known as a 'coquetier' in French. Some historians think the word 'cocktail' comes from a mispronunciation of the word. This recipe was provided by Marcelle Bienvenu after a newspaper assignment.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • sugar, 1 lump
  • 3 drops peychaud's bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 3 ounces rye whiskey, 1 jigger
  • 1 dash Herbsaint or 1 dash pernod liqueur
  • 1 piece lemon peel


  1. Fill a small old-fashioned glass with cracked ice and set aside.
  2. In another small old-fashioned glass, put the lump of sugar and just enough water to moisten it.
  3. With a spoon, crush the sugar, then add the Peychaud’s bitters, Angostura bitters, whiskey, and several ice cubes.
  4. Stir. Never use a shaker.
  5. Empty the first glass of ice, add the Herbsaint or Pernod, twirl the glass around, and shake the liqueur out.
  6. Strain the whiskey mixture into the glass, twist in the lemon peel, and serve immediately.


Most Helpful

Very refreshing. I thought maybe it would taste too strong, but it didn't. I used Pernod and Bulliet rye whiskey. I enjoyed this. Thanks!

Dr. Jenny August 31, 2013

Just yummy.. Very light and nice

GingerlyJ October 20, 2009

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