Northampton’s Cocktail Guide: The Sazerac

Who would have guessed that the bar’s signature cocktail would have been the very cocktail that it was named after (likely anyone reading this). There is good reason for naming a bar after this cocktail; allow us to drop some cocktail history on to you.

Sazeracs Sazerac

The Sazerac is widely regarded as one of the oldest cocktails and came to be back in 1838 by Antoine Amedie Peychaud, who made it for his friends in New Orleans. He added his now famous “Peychaud’s Bitters” and in 1850 it became the world’s first branded cocktail. We think this makes it more than worthy of having bars named after it.

What’s in it?

  • Cognac / Bourbon
  • Peychaud Bitters
  • Sugar

It’s a real classic – long before the days of juices and fruits were thrown into the mix. Sazerac bar lets you take the pick between cognac (the original) or bourbon. Simply stir gently with the Peychaud bitters and sugar. Then serve straight up in a chilled Herbsaint rinsed glass. As we always say, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Not far away from 200 years old, a cocktail does not get much more classic than this. The marrying up complex flavours, delicate bitter and a hint of sweetness makes this the go for drink for the gent who wants to stray from the “Old Fashioned” crowd.

Gent tip:  The Sazerac is most certainly one to be sipped and savoured slowly. Knock them back recklessly at your own peril.
24 Castilian Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire