The Classic American Cocktail, The Sazerac.

“This McKinney Avenue bar is, above all, accessible for a wide variety of drinkers. Which isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s through places like Nickel & Rye where the public often first comes across the more-accessible versions of a classic cocktail. Nickel & Rye’s sazerac falls right in line with this thinking.

Instead of a typical rye whiskey, Nickel & Rye uses High West Double Rye to further deepen the dry aspects of the drink. With that dry edge, they then soften the drink up a bit and turned to a Remy Martin VSOP champagne cognac to do just that. Add in some house-made simple syrup — “It really helps to make cocktails more craft-like,” bartender Marie Stinson says — and, from there, it’s just what you’d expect with the bitters and garnish.

What these slight twists to the original accomplish are a unique, softer sazerac. The addition of the Cognac helps to deepen the flavor profile with the sweetness of the grapes.

Not everything has to be so rough-and-tumble all the time, you guys.”


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