Merry Mardi Gras Sazerac

We’ve updated and innovated on one of the oldest cocktails in the US and the official cocktail of New Orleans — no, it isn’t the Hurricane, it’s the Sazerac. The Sazerac gets its name from the brand of brandy that was originally used in this cocktail. Sazerac is in the same family of cocktails as the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned, with whiskey and bitters being the main components. To complement the aromatic bitters in this drink, both Peychaud and Angostura bitters are used. And to tastefully stretch this powerful cocktail, Cuisine’s Merry Mardi Gras Sazerac has added a little ginger beer. Laissez bon temp rouler!

Merry Mardi Gras Sazerac

A close cousin of the Old Fashioned, the Sazerac is a classic cocktail that combines equal parts cognac and rye.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brandy, classic cocktails, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Rye, Sazerac
Servings: 1


  • Sugar cube
  • ½ tsp. Water
  • 1 ¼ oz. Rye
  • 1 ¼ oz. Brandy
  • 2 dash Peychaud bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • ½ oz. Pernod
  • Ginger beer
  • Lemon twist


  • Add crushed ice to one old-fashioned glass. Set aside.
  • Add sugar cube and water to another old-fashioned glass; muddle together. Add a small amount of ice and the rye and bitters. Stir to combine.
  • Discard the ice in the first glass. Rinse with Pernod. Strain cocktail into glass and top off with ginger beer. Twist lemon over the cocktail.

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Written by Lisa Yarde

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