Peychaud's is a brand of cocktail bitters invented in the late 18th century by New Orleans apothecary Antoine Amedie Peychaud. Like most bitters, the recipe is a secret. Peychaud's bitters are now made by the Buffalo Trace distillery.
Peychaud's is a bright pinkish-red color and clear. It smells of tutti-frutti, licorice, and flowers. By cocktail bitter standards, it is only slightly bitter.
Peychaud's is best known as the bitters in the Sazerac. Both the cocktail and the bitters are strongly linked to New Orleans. Peychaud's is quite versatile in drinks, as it's not as heavy as most bitters.
Some popular cocktails containing Peychaud's Bitters
- Colonel Carpano — Bourbon, Cynar, Sweet vermouth, Peychaud's Bitters, Orange peel
- Don's Little Bitter — Rum, Fernet Branca, Bitters, Peychaud's Bitters, Orange bitters, Lemon juice, Simple syrup
- Burning Ice — Islay Scotch, Pedro Ximénez Sherry, Swedish Punsch, Absinthe, Peychaud's Bitters, Lemon juice
- Expat — Dry vermouth, Sloe gin, Sweet vermouth, Peychaud's Bitters, Lemon juice, Lemon peel
- The Grandfather — Apple brandy, Sweet vermouth, Bourbon, Peychaud's Bitters, Bitters, Cherry