7 Popular New Orleans Cocktails

Here are the most famous New Orleans cocktails that come from The Big Easy! This city’s cocktail culture is second to none.

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There’s nothing quite like the food and wine scene in New Orleans! The Big Easy is home to some of the country’s greatest food traditions, and the cocktail culture is second to none. Several great drinks have risen to the top and solidified themselves as classics.

Here are the top most popular New Orleans cocktails to try! There’s the boozy Sazerac, with its surprising black licorice finish, milk punch with its creamy sweetness, and the ever popular fruity Hurricane. Want to make them all? Let’s get started.

And now…the top New Orleans cocktails!

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Sazerac

Sazerac (Classic New Orleans Cocktail!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make a Sazerac, the official cocktail of New Orleans! Cognac, whiskey and absinthe make up this famous drink that tastes like no other.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 34 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1 teaspoon absinthe
  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) Cognac
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) rye whiskey
  • Lemon twist

Instructions

  1. In a mixing glass, add the sugar cube and coat it with the bitters. Muddle the sugar cube with a cocktail muddler or wooden spoon until mostly dissolved. Add the Cognac, rye whiskey and absinthe and fill the mixing glass with a handful of ice.
  2. Stir until cold. Strain the drink into a chilled low ball glass.
  3. Use a knife to remove a 1″ wide strip of the lemon peel. Squeeze the lemon peel into the drink to release the oils. Gently run the peel around the edge of the glass, then place it in the glass and serve.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: New Orleans Cocktails

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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