Eat & Drink

The Drinking & Healing Sazerac

The Sazerac is about as New Orleanian as it gets and is a variation of a cognac or whiskey cocktail. Like our photographer — Mike Palumbo — who took these shots, it originated in New Orleans, USA.

Traditionally, the Sazerac is a combination of cognac or rye whiskey, absinthe, Peychaud’s Bitters and sugar. Sometimes bourbon whiskey is substituted. Ho Chi Minh City bar Drinking & Healing adds both Scotch whiskey and bourbon to the mix for its twist on the traditional Sazerac.

“I’m proud to say the Sazerac is the original AND official cocktail of my hometown New Orleans” — Mike Palumbo, photographer



Traditional Sazerac ingredients:

  • 50ml cognac
  • 10ml absinthe
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters


1. Rinse chilled old-fashioned glass with absinthe

2. Add crushed ice & set aside

3. Stir remaining ingredients over ice & set aside

4. Discard ice & excess absinthe

5. Strain drink into glass

6. Add lemon peel as garnish

Drinking & Healing is at 25 Ho Tung Mau, District 1, HCMC, Vietnam

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