The Federation Recipe

The Federation Recipe

[Photograph: Nick Caruana]

This Sazerac variation swaps in añejo tequila instead of rye and uses creme de cacao for sweetener. The result is smooth and refined, with layers of grassy agave and a chocolate tinge. You almost won't notice the absinthe is there, but without it, this drink is not the same.

  • Yield:Makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time: 2 minutes
  • Total time:2 minutes

Ingredients

  • Absinthe, for rinse
  • 2 ounces añejo tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Creme de Cacao, such as Tempus Fugit
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: orange twist

Directions

  1. 1.

    Rinse a rocks glass with absinthe, pour out remainder, then fill with ice. Add tequila, creme de cacao, and Angostura bitters. Stir gently. Garnish with orange twist and serve.