The Sazerac is just as old as an Old Fashioned—and, interestingly, both of these cocktails taste pretty similar! Originating in the 19th century, this delightful drink remains a standard at bars in the Big Easy. But please don’t feel intimidated! The Sazerac is also incredibly straightforward to stir on your own.

Even though the Sazerac is a timeless recipe, everything is better with a little CBD, right? In this case, we’re going to add our natural-flavored CBD oil so you could enjoy this cannabinoid’s benefits without influencing the Sazerac’s taste.

With such a long history, some of the Sazerac’s ingredients have inevitably been “lost in translation.” Not every bartender agrees on the exact proportions in a traditional Sazerac. Still, most experts argue you need the following ingredients for this cocktail: rye whiskey, a sweetener, Peychaud’s bitters, a lemon, and some type of anise-flavored liqueur.

Your two main choices for a sweetener are a 1:1 simple syrup mix or a sugar cube. We’re going to use simple syrup in our recipe simply because we’re too lazy to use a muddler.

In terms of anise-flavored liqueurs, the obvious choice is absinthe. However, if you don’t feel comfortable drinking the “Green Fairy,” you could sub with something “licoricey” like pastis.

Please note: you should never serve a Sazerac on the rocks. You should also never shake your Sazerac if you want an authentic experience. Be sure to pre-chill your serving glass to keep your Sazerac nice and cool while you’re sipping it.

CBD Sazerac Recipe


  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • Four dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1 barspoon of simple syrup
  • ½ dropperful Tribe CBD oil (natural)
  • Splash of absinthe
  • Lemon twist


  • Pour rye whiskey, Peychaud’s bitters, and simple syrup into a mixing glass
  • Add ice and stir until well chilled
  • Drop a splash of absinthe into a pre-chilled rocks glass
  • Swirl the absinthe so that your cup is evenly coated
  • Discard (or drink!) the excess absinthe
  • Strain your whiskey mixture into the rocks glass
  • Add ½ dropperful of Tribe CBD oil
  • Spray the oils from your lemon skin over the Sazerac and discard the peel

You might be wondering why on earth we didn’t use our citrus-flavored CBD oil in this cocktail. After all, the Sazerac calls for a lemon garnish. Wouldn’t Tribe’s citrusy CBD oil be a perfect fit for the Sazerac?

Well, as you could see above, lemon doesn’t play a massive role in the Sazerac’s flavor. We felt that adding our citrus-flavored CBD oil wouldn’t provide a traditional Sazerac experience. However, if you want to add a little extra zing to your CBD cocktail, who are we to stop you from using our citrus blend?

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