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Recipe: Stella! Sazerac

Dear SOS:

in New Orleans makes the most divine Sazerac with Cognac and absinthe. The drink is smooth with honey overtones making it a perfect elixir for a hot summer night. I would love to re-create a bit of New Orleans here in L.A. Would you be able to get the recipe?

Viji Anton Shook

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FOR THE RECORD:

Culinary SOS: In the Aug. 5 Food section, a recipe title referred to a cocktail as a Sazerac. The cocktail is served by New Orleans' Stella! restaurant, but the ingredients do not include Sazerac rye whiskey. It should not have been referred to as a Sazerac. —

Rancho Palos Verdes

Dear Viji:

A storied New Orleans specialty with a history of variations, Stella!'s take on the Sazerac combines smooth Cognac spiced with bitters and softened just slightly with a little simple syrup. Served in an absinthe-rimmed glass, it makes for a wonderfully potent cocktail that's perfect for any hot summer night, wherever you are.

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