"Hurricanes are for tourists.
Sazeracs are for natives."

From Chuck Taggart:

This is the quintessential New Orleans cocktail.

There are those who say this is the first cocktail, period.

Here's how you make one.
1 teaspoon of simple syrup
(or 1 sugar cube or 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar)
3 - 4 dashes Peychaud's bitters
2 ounces rye whiskey (most New Orleans bars use Old Overholt)
1/4 teaspoon Herbsaint, a New Orleans brand of anise liqueur (You may use Pernod, or some other pastis or absinthe substitute)
Strip of lemon peel