The official cocktail of New Orleans, the Sazerac dates back to the mid-1800s. Closely related to an Old Fashioned, it fits the original definition of a "cocktail" perfectly: spirit, sugar, water, and bitter. Historically made with cognac, eventually rye whiskey took its place, but what makes the Sazerac unique is its incorporation of an absinthe rinse and Peychaud's, an anise-forward bitter created in NOLA by 19th century apothecary Antoine Peychaud.
Previously, it had been impossible to make a truly non-alcoholic Sazerac. There are plenty of wonderful booze-free whiskeys on the market—and even an NA absinthe!—but a Peychaud's alternative just didn't exist. Until now! All The Bitter New Orleans has entered the chat.
As is often the case when turning classic cocktails into non-alcoholic renditions, the recipe varies slightly from the original, but the basic components are the same. And while the original calls for rye whiskey specifically, feel free to use your favorite non-alcoholic whiskey. We use the wonderful bourbon alternative, Kentucky 74, here.
Sazerac (Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Recipe)
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail / Low-Alcohol / Zero Proof / Mocktail
1/2 ounce non-alcoholic absinthe (Lyre's Absinthe)
1 sugar cube
7 full droppers All The Bitter New Orleans bitters
2 1/2 ounces non-alcoholic bourbon (Spiritless Kentucky 74)
Add absinthe to a CHILLED rocks glass. Swirl to coat the sides of the glass, then pour absinthe into a mixing glass.
Add sugar cube to mixing glass along with 7 dropperfuls of bitters (full to the 1 mL line) and muddle.
Add whiskey and ice to mixing glass and stir for 15 seconds until chilled. Strain into your prepared rocks glass.
Garnish with a lemon peel, expressing the oils over the glass.
A sugar cube is traditional here, but feel free to use 1/4 ounce simple syrup if that's what you have handy.
MAKE IT MINDFULLY LOW ALCOHOL
Make it a Mardi Gras to remember and mix 1 ounce of full strength whiskey along with the other 1.5 ounces of non-alcoholic whiskey. Feel free to use full strength absinthe as well, but discard it after you rinse the glass.