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Cognac Sazerac Cocktail

3 February 2012 No Comment

Did you know that one of the oldest known Cocktails, The Sazerac, originally used Cognac?

The use of Cognac ended with the Phylloxera epidemic which devastated French vineyards, which meant that Cognac was very difficult to buy, also the prices increased dramatically in that time.


The epidemic, along with the American Civil War, made cognac rather hard to come by, so many bartenders switched the Sazerac recipe to rye whiskey which was still readily available.

Muddle ½ oz. simple syrup, 3 dashes of bitters, 1½ oz. V.S Cognac and ice in a glass. Remove the ice and in a chilled glass pour a small amount of absinthe over the ice. Discard the liquid, and add the flavored ice to the Cognac. Stir and serve!

We prefer using Pierre Ferrand 1840 for this Cognac Cocktail, Pierre Ferrand 1840 offers the taste of Cognacs from before the Phylloxera epidimic.

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