Swing, Swig or Sip Into September: The Hennessy Sazerac

In The Imbibery and Distillery by Christine McKellar

A true New Orleans aficionado should be familiar with the famous city’s official cocktail: The Sazerac. Named for the original main ingredient, the Sazerac de Forge et Fils Cognac brandy, the drink is a combination of cognac or rye, absinthe, Peychaud’s Bitters, and sugar. Bourbon whiskey and/or Herbsaint can be substituted. That said, summer is ending and a good way to segue into the milder seasons would be to sit in a swing in the balmy twilight air and sip and savor this classic cocktail.

Hennessy Sazerac


1.5 oz. Hennessy Cognac
.5 oz. simple syrup
3 dashes of bitters
1 tsp. absinthe



Mix simple syrup, 3 dashes of bitters, Hennessy 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 Hennessy. Stir and serve