As someone who also enjoys the likes of absinthe in addition to whisk/e/y, the sazerac is a pretty rad classic cocktail. It’s a drink I don’t see on the menu too often, so I like to enjoy one when the opportunity arises. And this version at the Napa Rose surely delivered! For those who are curious, the Napa Rose is a fantastic restaurant located at Disneyland inside the Grand Californian Hotel.
The classic sazerac cocktail is made with the following ingredients:
1/4 oz Absinthe
One Sugar Cube
1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey or Cognac
Three Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
While the Napa Rose sazerac is made with the following:
Hennessy VS Cognac
Biggest difference is the lack of a sugar cube and the addition of an orange peel garnish. Now, it definitely lacks nothing by skipping the sugar. Especially since it let’s the flavors sing without being overshadowed by sweetness. Interesting thing about the orange peel is it adds just hint of sweetness through smell alone. As you may know, the full enjoyment of food and drink involves smell in addition to the taste.
If you’re in the Disneyland area in central Orange County, I would definitely recommend at least stopping by the bar in Napa Rose for the sazerac. They have a decent whiskey and scotch selection to boot.