Celebrate The USA’ Independence With One of America’s Oldest Cocktails

sazerac 4th of july

I wanted to make an Uber-American cocktail for the 4th of July. I’m talking about something so tremendous that it would make Stephen Colbert question his patriotism. Unfortunately one thing became abundantly clear when researching red, white, and blue drinks and shots. Red, white, and blue drinks and shots all sound terrible. I’d rather move to Canada with all those pouting about not getting their way than consume a drink with layers of grenadine and blue Curaçao.

Luckily for me, America rules at cocktails. We rule so hard that we actually invented them. USA! USA! USA! There’s no need to settle for a gimmicky gulp of garbage when we have 200+ years of cocktail history from which to pull. So which drink would best represent our independence?

My first instinct is to skip the cocktail all together for a glass of Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond. Brown-Forman is one of the biggest American names in the spirits game, and there’s nothing more American than letting the government add extra regulations on your spirit. I can slug out of a bottle with little effort any day though, and while I’d never turn down a tall glass of whiskey, we can do better for the 4th of July. Then it hit me. The Sazerac.

The Sazerac is one of if not the oldest cocktail. There’s a hint of French to it, which seems appropriate given their role in helping us free ourselves of the crumpet-munchers. It also isn’t a drink you stir every day, making it ideal if you’re looking to do something special.

For those who couldn’t possible celebrate without need a little red, white, and blue though, I threw in one of Aardvark’s awesome star-spangled paper straws. You’ve probably seen them in the past couple Cocktails We Love posts. I was whole-heartedly opposed to paper straws until they lured me in with their festive edition. I expected them to dissolve and disgust my mouth’s sensibilities, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’ve woken up half-drunk the next morning and still managed to finish a drink with a straw that’s been soaking in watery booze for a full night. They’re my new favorite thing, and I’m definitely getting custom straws with the Boozist logo.

NOTE: The straw is for decorative purposes only in this case. There will be no drinking of Sazeracs through a straw. 

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Sazerac Cocktail Recipe

The Sazerac is one of America's first cocktails. It's also one of the best!
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  1. 2 oz Knob Creek Rye Whiskey
  2. 1/4 oz demerara simple syrup
  3. 3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  4. 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  5. Absinthe
  1. Fill mixing glass with ice and stir all contents except absinth until well-chilled.
  2. Rinse old fashioned glass with absinth.
  3. Strain cocktail into old fashioned glass.
  4. Twist lemon peel over drink to express oils, and discard peel.
  5. Drink. Repeat.
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Colin Joliat is the brains behind this rinky-dink operation. He covers the alcohol industry with two parts information, one part comedy, and one part WTF is wrong with this guy. He's written for Brobible, Guyism, Thrillist, CoolMaterial, Craft, and more.