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Bananarac cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

The New Orleans classic Sazerac gets a clever upgrade with banana liqueur from top bartender Natasha David.


  • Absinthe, to rinse
  • 1 ounce Old Overholt rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce Tariquet VSOP armagnac
  • 1/2 ounce Giffard Banane du Brésil liqueur
  • 1/2 tsp demerara simple syrup
  • 1 dash The Bitter Truth Old Time aromatic bitters
  • Garnish: lemon twist


  1. Pour a small amount of absinthe into a chilled rocks glass. Swirl to coat the inside, discard any excess and set the glass aside.

  2. Add all remaining ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.

  3. Strain into the prepared rocks glass over fresh ice.

  4. Twist a swath of lemon peel over the drink to express its oils and discard.