Sarno Sazerac

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sarno sazerac

A classic Sazerac gets anise aromas from absinthe. To switch things up, we infuse the rye whiskey with star anise and vanilla. Orange bitters add a rad twist. Cheers!

  • Author: Wicked
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins + overnight infusion
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


  • 2 oz Vanilla Anise Whiskey (see Notes)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • Ice
  • 3 dashes orange bitters
  • Swath of lemon zest, for garnish


  1. Stir the infused whiskey and brown sugar in a shaker tin or mixing glass until the sugar dissolves. Add the ice and bitters. Stir gently for 20 turns to chill the drink then strain into a rocks glass.
  2. Twist the lemon swath over the drink to release its oils, rub it on the rim of the glass, then drop it into the cocktail.


*Recipe adapted from The Wicked Healthy Cookbook by Chad Sarno, Derek Sarno, and David Joachim. Check out the book here!

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