At Longman & Eagle—the Michelin-starred gem of Logan Square—getting a seat at the bar can often be just as hard as scoring a table for two. With an impressive whiskey-focused drink menu (featuring more than 300 kinds), it includes a handful of classic whiskey cocktails amid the selection of its more avant-garde inventions. Longman’s Sazerac is the quintessentially classic version, incorporating both Wild Turkey 101 Rye and Park Cognac. The drink is finished with bitters to balance the licorice notes from the drink’s absinthe rinse. $9. —Rebecca Skoch
The sazerac is an old, old cocktail—some even say it may be the oldest American cocktail. It hails from New Orleans and is packed with cognac and/or rye, absinthe, Peychaud's Bitters and sugar. We found the best ones all over the city, at speakeasies, Cajun spots and great beer bars.
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