In terms of alcohol content, there are plenty of drinks that will make you tipsy in two sips. For you curious booze lovers out there, we’ve even gone as far to search for the most alcoholic cocktail in the world.
If you’re in search of the most alcoholic mixed drink, the Aunt Roberta Cocktail is the grand prize winner. It contains absolutely no mixers. Just because this cocktail has the most alcohol doesn’t mean there aren’t other contenders, though. Another strong drink you’ve got to try is the Sazerac cocktail — the first runner-up on our list of deadliest cocktails.
Where did this boozy drink originate? According to the Sazerac webpage, the story of this drink leads us back to the creation of the first cocktail by Antoine Amedie Peychaud (creator of Peychaud’s bitters) in 1838 New Orleans. By 1850, this deadly drink, comprised of Sazerac French brandy and Peychaud’s bitters, became so popular — it became the first “branded” cocktail in America, or, some argue, the world. By the time it was first bottled, in 1933, it was made with American rye whiskey rather than brandy and a dash of absinthe.
The Sazerac adventure continued until 1940, when the recipe replaced the absinthe with the anise-flavored pastis Herbsaint. Then, in 2000, the official recipe was modified to include Sazerac’s Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey as the whiskey of choice.
If you were wondering what makes this cocktail so deadly, now you know. The ingredients include Sazerac Rye Whiskey (90 proof), comparable to your average bottle of liquor that is usually around 80 proof. Additionally, Herbsaint can be purchased at up to 120 proof, which is 60 percent alcohol. Luckily, the rest of the ingredients make it easy to get down. Check out one of our recipes to make your own.
There are many ways to make the Sazerac, but fair warning: this cocktail may be a one-way ticket to a massive hangover. Luckily, there are ways to avoid that.
The accompanying slideshow is provided by Juliet Tierney.