Sazerac Cocktail: The Tequila Version
Rinse a chilled Old Fashioned Glass with the Pernod Absinthe,set it aside. In mixing glass put the bitters with Altos Tequila Reposado and stir with ice. Discard the Pernod Absinthe and serve Altos Tequila Reposado with the bitters in the Old Fashioned glass. Add a lemon twist for garnish.
What is a Sazerac drink? Sazerac is a cocktail that has been around for more than two centuries. It was invented in New Orleans in the 19th century and has been added to the official New Orleans cocktail list since 2008. The original drink is a combination of rye whiskey, absinthe, bitters and sugar water.
The Tequila Sazerac Version is a cocktail that combines the history and heritage of New Orleans and the traditional flavors of Mexico with our tequila reposado.
The Sazerac was invented by Antoine Amedie Peychaud in 1838. He used it as a hangover cure for his customers who had drunk too much wine or liquor. He also used it as an antiseptic for the wounds he received during the battle of New Orleans. In 1850, a bartender named James H. Sewell took over Peychaud’s drugstore and began preparing Sazeracs for customers. Sewell’s bar was so popular that it eventually moved to Rue Royale (now known as Royal Street), where it remains today.
Ingredients to Prepare a Sazerac with Tequila
The Tequila Sazerac is a variation on the classic Sazerac cocktail that replaces rye whiskey with tequila. It’s also got a little extra kick from Pernod Absinthe, which adds a licorice-like flavor to the drink. This is the best Absinthe for this Sazerac drink:
- 2 parts Altos Tequila Reposado
- 1/2 part Agave syrup
- 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
- 1 barspoon of Pernod Absinthe
If you want to prepare others cocktails with pernod absinthe, try our Manhattan Sazerac recipe.
How to Make the Tequila Sazerac Cocktail
Rinse a chilled Old Fashioned Glass with the Pernod Absinthe, set it aside. In mixing glass put the bitters with Altos Tequila Reposado and stir with ice. Discard the Pernod Absinthe and serve Altos Tequila Reposado with the bitters in the Old Fashioned glass. Add a lemon twist for garnish.
How to Improve this Sazerac Drink with Tequila Reposado
There are many ways to improve a Sazerac, but one of the simplest is by substituting rye whiskey for tequila. This simple substitution results in a totally different flavor profile than the original recipe. While you won’t get all the intensity of rye whiskey, you’ll still get all the smoky flavor that defines this classic drink.
The result is a complex drink with a unique smoky flavor that’s sure to please even your most discerning friends.
For this Sazerac recipe, we recommend using reposado tequila because it has more flavor than blanco tequila but is not as strong as aged tequila. If you are looking for something milder, try using unaged agave nectar instead of simple syrup. If you want something stronger, try añejo tequila.
On the other hand, while many people enjoy this cocktail as we’ve explained it, others prefer it on the rocks or with sparkling water because they consider it too strong. Besides, it is fun to mix different versions with different types of liqueurs and bitters.
The Tequila Sazerac is a great drink for parties and holidays, but it can also be prepared at home. The ingredients are easy to find at any liquor or grocery store. The only thing that might be difficult is finding absinthe, which can be purchased online or at specialty stores.
Others Alternatives to the Sazerac Drink
If you’re looking for an alternative to the Sazerac cocktail, we’ve got plenty of options. Try some of our other signature cocktails, versions of classics and some real wonders made with tequila.
When it comes to cocktails, tequila is one of the most flexible ingredients around: it’s ideal for everything from margaritas to sours and even highballs.
The following recipes are just a few of many of Altos’ own versions that you can easily make this summer:
- Our unique Prickly Pear Margarita.
- Our variety of Fruity Cocktails.
- The sweet Honey Higball Cocktail.
- The happy Tequila Sunrise.
A High Quality Tequila for a High Taste Cocktail
Mixing a Sazerac Cocktail is an art form. But what’s even more important than the art of mixing is the ingredients you choose to make it with. When it comes to preparing a Sazerac Tequila, you want to make sure you use the best quality ingredients. We are a high quality brand and we want to make sure you have the best possible experience when using our tequila in your Sazerac Tequila recipe. That is why we recommend using Olmeca Altos Reposado Tequila in this recipe.
Olmeca Altos is made from 100% agave, which gives it a rich, full flavor that is perfect for any cocktail you can think of. Because this tequila is made with agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco, it has a smooth flavor with hints of citrus and vanilla. The exuberance of this flavor makes it perfect for mixing in cocktails such as Sazerac Tequila.
You’ll find that this tequila has notes of caramel and sweet spices that complement the flavors of other ingredients such as bitters and agave (or simple syrup). And because Olmeca Altos comes in an oak barrel-aged version, which gives it a spicy finish, it will add depth to your drink without overpowering other ingredients or overpowering the flavor profile on its own.