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New York City is home to some of America’s most iconic cocktails—the Bloody Mary, Cosmopolitan and Manhattan all originated here—but don’t overlook bayou original and Vieux Carré cousin the Sazerac. Born out of a local apothecary in early 19th-century New Orleans, the traditional Sazerac consisted of cognac, absinthe, Peychaud’s bitters and sugar. Over time, cognac was replaced with rye, and today, it’s quite common to see creative riffs on the classic, with intrepid barkeeps employing everything from amari and syrups to pastis and Herbsaint. Whether you fancy yourself a cocktail purist or an innovative imbiber, you’ll be sure to find your Sazerac of choice right here in NYC.
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