Recipe: The Treasurer

According to New Orleans legend, the first cocktail ever created was the Sazerac, which was made in the old city by an apothecary. This Sazerac-inspired drink honors Phil Greene, treasurer and co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail.

    • 2 ounces brandy
    • ½ ounces simple syrup
    • dash lemon juice
    • dash lemon bitters
    • dash absinthe

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain over fresh ice into chilled cocktail glass.

To read about the contested accounts of the first-ever cocktail, click here.

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Derek Brown is a writer, illustrator, bartender, and co-owner of acclaimed bars The Passenger and Columbia Room in Washington, D.C. He sits on the board of directors for the Museum of the American Cocktail. More

Derek Brown is a writer, illustrator, bartender, and co-owner of acclaimed bars The Passenger and Columbia Room in Washington, D.C. He travels throughout the country and around the world in search of great drinks, and the stories behind them. Derek's methodical approach to cocktails was profiled in the Wall Street Journal's "A Master of Mixological Science" and his martini lauded as the best in America by GQ. He's been in numerous media outlets featuring his approach to better drinking, including CNN, The Rachel Maddow Show and FOX. Derek is a founding member of the D.C. Craft Bartender's Guild and on the board of directors for the Museum of the American Cocktail.

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