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Sazerac - Absinthe rinse substitute?

Ali G | Sep 25, 201411:34 AM     14

Now that the weather is cooling down, I've been playing around with bourbon and rye, mostly making Old Fashioned's and Manhattans and drinking neat. I want to make a Sazerac and finally found some Peychaud's bitters. However, I don't have absinthe and don't really want to go buy a bottle for a rinse. The last two liquor stores did not have any nips. I remember when absinthe became legal again in the US, it seemed like every store carried nips of Absente at the register for $1.

I do have Becherovka that I brought back from Prague about 10yrs ago. I've never bothered to drink it, but know it's an herbal liquor. Is there any similarity between this and Absinthe? Do you think it would work as a rinse or do the two smell very different? The only other herbal/bitter liquor I have is Campari, but that seems to be heavy on the citrus.

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