Friday, May 29, 2015

Burnside Bourbon Sazerac

By: The Food Hunter

Eastside distillery, located in Southeast Portland's distillery row has been producing small batch vodkas, rum and whiskey since 2009. It wasn't until 2012 that the 4 year straight bourbon Burnside was introduced. The nice folks at Eastside recently sent me some spirits to taste. I received the Burnside Bourbon 4 year and the Burnside Oregon Oak Bourbon.

The Burnside Bourbon 4 year is sourced from multiple producers, aged 4 years and bottled at 96 proof. The bourbon is bold and rich with just a hint of sweetness. One of Oregon's most popular bourbons it's best used in classic cocktails like the Manhattan, Sazerac & Old Fashion.

The Burnside Oregon Oak Bourbon is a twice barreled bourbon with excellent flavor. It uses the same whiskey but continues the aging process, in a heavy charred oak barrel, for an additional 60 days, adding a layer of oak taste to the spirit. It also mixes well. I tried it in the Sazerac but prefer it on ice.

The Sazerac is a New Orleans variation of the whiskey cocktail. Traditionally made with cognac or rye, absinthe, bitters and sugar. In the recipe below I used the Burnside Bourbon 4 year and enjoyed the new dimension it added to this classic cocktail.

Burnside Sazerac
1 sugar cube
2 1/2 ounces Burnside Bourbon 4yr.
2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
lemon peel
old-fashioned glass

In an Old-Fashioned glass muddle a sugar cube with a few drops of water. Add several small ice cubes and the bourbon the Peychaud's bitters, and the Angostura bitters.

Stir well and strain into a second, chilled, Old-Fashioned glass in which you have rolled around a few drops of absinthe until its inside is thoroughly coated, pouring off the excess. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.


  1. I love a good whiskey cocktail every once in a while. Looks great!

  2. I do enjoy a good Old Fashioned cocktail. Sounds like a wonderful bourbon for making them.

  3. I'm not a bourbon drinker but my hubby would love this!

  4. That is my kinda cocktail right there.

  5. I have introduced so many friends to bourbon who thought they didn't like it. What they didn't like was the heavy handed use of it because now I have a handful of converts. This cocktail sounds lovely!