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When I think football, beer pretty much immediately comes to mind, yes. But sometimes it's fun to mix it up a bit. Or if you're throwing a Super Bowl this year, it's always good to offer other alcoholic beverages for non-beer drinkers.

In the spirit of the New Orleans Super Bowl (and in celebration of any Saints game), I offer up the Sazerac, the first and official cocktail of New Orleans.


To Make the Simple Syrup
1. To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in small saucepan. 
2. Heat on medium-high, stirring frequently until all the sugar has dissolved to liquid. 
3. Remove from heat and let cool.

To Prepare the Cocktail

  1. ‍Chill a 3 1/2 oz. cocktail glass.
  2. Pour the absinthe in the glass and swirl so it coats the insides of the glass. 
  3.  Pour out the remaining absinthe.  (You can choose to leave the absinthe in; just know it will lend for a much more licorice-y  flavored drink).
  4. Add in the simple syrup, bitters, and whiskey/bourbon.
  5. Run the lemon rind around the rim of the glass and throw into the glass or use as garnish on the rim.
  6. Serve with or without ice cubes, to taste. (New Orleans cocktail experts suggest it's better without the ice).
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