The Best Spots For Sazerac Cocktails In New Orleans

Photo of Lauren Gruber
9 February 2017

The Sazerac is thought to be America’s oldest cocktail, and it’s also the official cocktail of New Orleans. Ingredients consist of Cognac or Rye whiskey, syrup, absinthe, Peychaud’s bitters, or Herbsaint. Any bartender in New Orleans will make these with variations; here’s out guide to the best spots for Sazerac here.

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The Sazerac Bar

Bar, American, Beer, $$$
The Sazerac Bar puts the famous drink in its moniker for its expertly-crafted version of the drink. Located in the Roosevelt Hotel, the bar boasts plush seating, friendly service and exquisite Paul Ninas murals over the African walnut bar. It’s a favorite of locals for its New Orleans grandeur.

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The Carousel Bar & Lounge

Bar, Pub Grub, American, $$$
The Hotel Monteleone’s The Carousel Bar is a favorite for visitors and locals. Chandeliers and upscale couches make for a refined evening, while the 25-seat bar area revolves in a circus-clad merry-go-round. The Carousel offers the classic Sazerac, as well as crafted cocktails like the strawberry infused Pimms cup and a Bourbon Milk punch.

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Arnaud's French 75

Bar, Restaurant, French, $$$
French 75, New Orleans
French 75, New Orleans | ©Jenni Konrad/Flickr
The upscale lounge is a perfect occasion to smoke a cigar and drink a Sazerac. The vintage bar and bar back add to the antique-inspired setting, and the darkened bar with comfy chaises and tiled floor employ a sophisticated atmosphere French atmosphere. Their Sazerac includes rye whiskey, sugar and bitters, and they also have a cigar selection. Their signature ‘French 75’ cocktail enthralls with Courvoisier VS, sugar, and Moet and Chandon champagne.

Twelve Mile Limit

Tweleve Mile Limit, is not too posh, becoming a casual haven for younger crowds. The craftsmanship of their cocktails is refreshing for such a hip environment. Their Sazerac and other house originals are the highlights of the show, but you can also find creative concoctions like the Baudin with bourbon, lemon and Tabasco sauce for a fun evening. They also serve some mouth-watering BBQ.

Twelve Mile Limit, 500 Telemachus St New Orleans, LA 70119 504-488-8114

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The Columns Hotel

The 19th-century Southern gem hosts a beautiful veranda with clothed tables and a cool breeze. Inside patrons will find a historical Victorian beauty. Their indoor Victorian Lounge is quaint, and indoors or outside you can sip on the classic Sazerac and other classic cocktails. Single malt scotch, small batch bourbon and other cordials and cognacs are also featured.

Columns Hotel, 3811 St Charles Ave New Orleans, LA 70115 504-899-9308

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