Bangkok’s drinks industry is thriving more than ever, and as your trusted insiders and late-night sippers at all of the city’s trendiest bars, we’re always on the lookout for where to enjoy the next best tipple. Yet whilst we list new bars and new cocktail menus for you on the monthly, we couldn’t possibly fit all of our findings into one merry round-up. That’s why we’ve created Thirsty Thursday: a one-stop one-drink solution to where (and what) you should drink, every single week of the year. Featuring new standouts or old favourites, consider it a bit like your calling for when you don’t know where to go; served like a shot, but, well, in writing. See you at the bar.
Sometimes, classics do it best. This Thirsty Thursday we’re doing a bit of cocktail education. This Thirsty Thursday, we’re sipping a Sazerac.
A true beast behind the bar, the Sazerac is an extremely spirit-forward drink, and truly encapsulates what it means to be a classic whiskey cocktail. It boasts all the essentials — alcohol, bitters, sugar, and water — and brings them together with a real pack and punch. Nevertheless, the Sazerac is a classy cocktail. It is bold yet smooth. It is (at first) unsuspecting. And it is — love us or hate us now — the cooler of the cousins known by the names of the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan. Here’s our case in point.
The Sazerac is served in the same glass as the Old Fashioned, yet ups the ante a little by requiring two Old Fashioned glasses to make it. One of these is rinsed with absinthe beforehand, giving the cocktail that beautiful scent and aroma, with those unmistakable notes of liquorice romancing the senses from the get-go.
This lightly medicinal vibe isn’t entirely coincidental, either. Rumour has it that back in the 1800s, a man in New Orleans called Peychaud (you know where this is going) plays a huge role in the origins of the Sazerac. He concocted a herbal beverage that he named Peychaud’s Bitters (yup) at his pharmacy, which was later used by a nearby bar (or saloon, rather) in a creative mixture together with cognac. The cognac was called Sazerac-de-Forget et Fils.
Thus the Sazerac was only kind-of born, as the recipe as we know it today appeared a few decades later, yet still demonstrates a closeness to the city along the Mississippi River. In 2008, it was named the official cocktail of New Orleans, and indeed, in character, boasts a lot of its charms.
Whilst we can’t quite swivel up our belongings and head to the States right now (are you travelling less now that Coronavirus is in the air? Can we discuss this and what it’s doing to the economy over Sazeracs?), we’re currently getting our favourite over at Thonglor’s Rabbit Hole.
The bar has a lightly industrial feel. It is a speakeasy, and finding its entrance for the first time can prove a bit of a challenge. It feels secretive and intimate, but buzzing all at once, and the music — though not quite New Orleans — is always really vibe-y. A really vast and interesting cocktail menu aside, Rabbit Hole also knows how to nail a classic, such as the Sazerac. We love it in combination with their crunchy bar snacks, because let’s be honest, two or more of this cocktail on an empty stomach would get you down a right rabbit hole in itself.
A beautifully boozy love affair between cognac and whiskey, we’re going deep and spicy in Thonglor this Thursday. You know our order.
Rabbit Hole, 125 Thonglor Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok, +66 98 969 1335; Open daily 7pm-2am.