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Sazerac Twist

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Ballantine’s 17 year old has both a richness and complex spicy notes, so naturally works fantastically well in a Sazerac-style smoky scotch on the rocks (with a twist) serve.


Sazerac Twist Ingredients

  • 50ml Ballantine’s 17 Year Old Whisky
  • 30ml Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 20ml Absinthe
  • 10ml Simple Syrup
  • 40ml Water
  • Lemon
  • Ice Garnish: Lemon Twist
  • Food Pairing: Smoked salmon with lemon cream cheese and dill

How to make a Sazerac Twist

  • Cut the lemon into long, thin strips.
  • Twist as much oil out of the lemon peel as possible before twisting into curls. Place them into ice moulds, fill with water and freeze overnight.
  • Create a flavoured liquid by combining Peychaud’s bitters, absinthe and simple syrup to water.
  • Place the cubes in the liquid or pour the liquid over the cubes to submerge and place back in the freezer for 24 hours.
  • Place a single ice cube in a tumbler glass and add 50ml of Ballantine’s 17 Year Old whisky.
  • Take your time to sip and savour. As the ice melts, it will accentuate the wonderful flavours of the whisky.

The Sazerac cocktail has its heritage in New Orleans, where French settlers mixed their traditional spirit (cognac) with the local spirit (rye), bitters and absinthe.


A scotch with a twist is traditionally a scotch whisky served with a citrus peel. Most use the rind of lemon or orange, but you can pick whichever fruit you fancy. Grapefruit, lime, clementines… if you like it, it works. We also add bitters and Absinthe to our Sazerac style scotch with a twist. Another twist, on the twist.

Ballantine’s 17 Year Old

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