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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration


Posted by Dan. Created by Leon Lamothe, Sazerac Coffee House, New Orleans, LA.
3 oz Rye
1⁄2 oz Simple syrup (or up to 3/4 oz to taste)
5 ds Peychaud's Bitters (to taste)
1 rinse Absinthe
1 twst Lemon zest (as garnish)

Pack lowball glass with cracked ice. In a second lowball or mixing glass, stir ingredient with ice, empty serving glass and rinse with Absinthe, strain and serve without ice. May also be served in a flute or cocktail glass


This stout recipe can withstand liberal substitution of other spirits, including brandy, other whiskeys, and flavorful rums. Some use a sugar cube muddled with bitters (in the style of an Old Fashioned). A typical 1.5 oz pour will result in a rather small cocktail.


Chris McMillan uses 2 oz rye, 2 bsp simple, 2 dashes, and 2 bsp Herbsaint.

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Recent Discussion

  • Re 100-Year-Old Cigar, 8 hours ago Craig E commented:

    Per comment and linked reference, added the missing bitters. Thanks!

  • Re 100-Year-Old Cigar, 9 hours 19 minutes ago applejack commented:

    Pretty sure this is supposed to have a dash of Ango.

  • Re Martinez, 10 hours ago Kindred Cocktails commented:

    Curated to correct Bergamot to be in Somerville, MA.

  • Re Bitters non-potable? Pshaw., 13 hours ago cokkinos commented:

    I am interested in bitters for their health benefits in cocktails.
    Things like Cynar for liver detox
    Not a fan of artificial colors

  • Re Fear and Loathing in Princeton, 20 hours 1 minute ago lesliec commented:

    If you can find it, use Gracias a Dios agave gin as the Old Tom (the mezcal then becomes superfluous).
    I've made this with the full amount of syrup and I've been quite happy, but a bit less also works.