The Bourbon Orange Satchmo

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The Bourbon Orange Satchmo is a cocktail inspired by The Orange Satchmo, which was inspired by the legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong. The original was designed to honor his legacy. It’s a variation of the classic Sazerac, a staple of New Orleans, where Armstrong was born. The Orange Satchmo drink replaces the traditional sugar with orange liqueur and is garnished with orange, making it a drier and more citrus-forward option.

Despite Armstrong’s known disinterest in alcohol, the cocktail celebrates his influence. It combines rye whiskey, an absinthe rinse, and a hint of bitters, offering a unique taste that resonates with the city’s rich cultural heritage. This drink, the Bourbon Orange Satchmo, replaces the rye whiskey with bourbon, bringing rounder notes into the mix.

The best way to enjoy this drink is in a well-chilled glass, with no ice. Because it’s a stirred cocktail, the Bourbon Orange Satchmo will be somewhat diluted by the ice in the mixing glass anyway, but too much dilution, particularly by a large cube in the glass, will quickly spoil the rich flavors and aromas that this drink possesses. I tried it both ways, and very quickly found myself disappointed with the iced version.

Bourbon Sazerac

Recipe by Bob Sawyer
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Difficulty: Easy


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  • 1/2 ounce 1/2 Absinthe

  • 2 ounces 2 Thirteenth Colony Southern Bourbon Whiskey

  • 1/4 ounce 1/4 Mandarine Napoleon liqueur

  • 2 dashes 2 Angostura bitters

  • Orange zest peel


  • Pour the Absinthe into a well-chilled old-fashioned glass. Roll the Absinthe around the glass to coat the bottom and sides, then dump the excess
  • Add bourbon, orange liqueur, and bitters in a mixing glass with ice
  • Stir, then strain into the absinthe-rinsed glass (no ice)
  • Garnish with orange peel



  • The sample cocktail whose photo graces the recipe at the top does indeed have an ice ball in it. Use one if you wish, even though the recipe calls for no ice. Just drink quickly to avoid further dilution…

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