Staggerac (Hazmat 2006)

Sazerac Cocktail 11 out of 28.

I have challenged myself to post 28 Sazeracs in 28 days for the month of February.

I’ll try some different spirits, try some out at bars, and have some friends make them for me. Hopefully, if I can get my act together we’ll have some video.


Sazerac Cocktail.
1 Lump of Sugar. (Generous Bar Spoon Rich Simple Syrup)
1 Dash Angostura or Peychana Bitters. (a couple dashes Peychaud’s Bitters)
1 Glass Rye or Canadian Club Whisky. (2 oz Ransom George T. Stagg Bourbon, 2006 Antique Collection)

Stir well and strain into another glass that has been cooled and rinsed with Absinthe (Sirene Absinthe Verte) and squeeze lemon peel on top.

I don’t really mix with Bourbon often, as I find the lean-ness of rye more appealing in a cocktail, however one of cocktails made famous at the bar P.D.T. in New York city is their “Staggerac”.

It is a Sazerac made with the 140 proof George T. Stagg Bourbon, also known as “Hazmat”, as any liquor over 140 is technically a Hazardous Material and illegal to carry on planes, through tunnels, and subject to innumerable annoying Federal regulation.

Anyway, since I had a bottle of Stagg in the house, and I really have only used it to make Blue Blazers (Rocking, by the way!), I thought it would be fun to make myself a Staggerac.

Talk about getting your motor running! Cough. Yer gonna want to give this a nice long stir. Then maybe stir it some more. And don’t plan anything for the rest of your evening.

Is it any good?

Nearly the ultimate expression of the East Coat obsession with overproof brown spirits, to be honest, The Staggerac is an interesting, rather expensive, and extremely potent novelty.  Can I call it a modern day “Earthquake“?  If you’re going to go “pricey” stick with a Sazerac made with the Sazerac 18 Year Rye or the Tuthilltown Hudson Manhattan Rye. There’s just something about Bourbon that distracts from the essence of the Sazerac.

This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.

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