Originally named Grandma’s Trip, this is my modern interpretation of the super classic speak easy cocktail, The Sazerac.
Possibly the oldest cocktail in the US, this drink is named after the original Cognac used, Sazerac-de-Forge et Fils.
The drink originated in The Merchants Exchange Coffee House, which was later named the Sazerac House, and was known for serving up this cocktail in New Orleans, Louisiana. The original owner created the drink before selling the bar.
The drink used Rye Whiskey for a while because Cognac was in limited supply due to the devastating effects of Phylloxera in France.
Phylloxera is an aphid (bug) that came from North America and feasted on the root stock of all of the grape vines and almost ruined the wine industry. It was devastating and cost a lot of people a lot of money and stress.
Anyway, back from being side tracked, the Sazerac (Original recipe) is Cognac, Sugar Cube, Peychaud’s Bitters, and of course, Absinthe. The most popular version replaces the Cognac with Rye Whiskey.
Grandma’s Getaway is an after dinner drink, and the getaway is a reference to an Absinthe trip, and Grandma is for the use of Grand Marnier.
Use chocolate syrup to decorate the snifter glass. Add Grand Marnier, Absinthe, and cream to an ice filled shaker. Shake and pour into the snifter, and top with Green Creme de Menthe.