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Hard day? Wash away your worries with one of the booziest drinks in American history. Born around 1850 in a New Orleans pharmacy, the sazerac got its start as a medicinal elixir. The original recipe by Creole druggist Antoine-Amédée Peychaud called for cognac, his family’s cure-all bitters and a little sugar to help the medicine go down. That basic recipe has seen changes over the years—mainly the addition of an absinthe rinse and rye instead of cognac. But the principle has remained the same: For any ailments, drink a sazerac and you’ll feel better in no time. Found in some of LA's best cocktail bars and hotel bars, these renditions are the top sazeracs in the city.
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