Educating Bartenders Worldwide.
By Beverage Trade Network
The green fairy has been around for years. Although it was banned in 1915, the ban was lifted in 2007 - and ever since then, it’s definitely been a favourite for those extra boozy nights. Even though there are different varieties of absinthe, all of them have a strong flavour of anise boring through them; and none are actually proven hallucinogens.
The traditional way of drinking absinthe is in its simplest form - with sugar and water. It really isn’t as complicated as it sounds, but it definitely is an art.
Cocktails make the world go round, or at least we like to think they do. Absinthe cocktails definitely don’t get the recognition they should. They’re the perfect blend of booze and flavour; and everyone should definitely give them a shot.
Like Oscar Wilde once said, “A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and the sunset?” We can pretty much guess that he was probably sipping a neat glass of absinthe while speaking such wise words. But imagine how much more he would have appreciated absinthe if he had the liberty of trying absinthe cocktails.
Well he didn’t get to try absinthe cocktails, but you surely can.
Because of its high alcohol content and strong flavour, absinthe ranges anywhere between 45-75% ABV, or 90-150 proof. Absinthe is used in very minimal quantity in cocktails, and is usually mixed with larger volumes of other spirits - less potent of course.
Here are a few not-to-miss absinthe cocktails.
The combination of absinthe and mezcal will definitely leave you wanting more
½ ounce absinthe
2 ounces mezcal
1 oz St. Elizabeth allspice dram
2 dashes angostura bitters
rosemary sprig, for garnish
Pour absinthe into a rocks glass; swirl to coat, and discard liqueur.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and then add mezcal, St. Elizabeth, and 2 dashes of bitters. Strain cocktail into a glass over ice. Light rosemary with a lighter or culinary torch until smoking and place it in the glass. Serve immediately.
If you’re looking for something to hit you in all the right places, this absinthe x lime punch is the one to go for. (This recipe can be multiplied to fill a large punch bowl.)
1 ounce Pernod absinthe
1 ounce Fresh lime juice
1 ounce Simple syrup
4 ounces Water
Add all ingredients to a Collins glass with ice. Garnish with 4 cucumber slices and stir.
Yes you read it right, it’s called the Billionaire Cocktail. No, it won’t get you a billion bucks, but it will definitely make you feel worth a billion bucks. This cocktail was created at the NYC based bar Employees Only, and is a great way to start the night.
2 ounces high-proof bourbon, such as Baker's
1 ounces fresh lemon juice
1⁄2 ounces simple syrup
1⁄4 ounces absinthe bitters or absinthe
1⁄2 ounces grenadine syrup made from pomegranate, such as Employees Only
Lemon wheel, for garnish
Combine bourbon, lemon juice, absinthe bitters or absinthe, and grenadine in a shaker over ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
A sophisticated cocktail designed by layering different flavours that blend together impeccably.
1 ounce absinthe
1/2 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce Sauvignon Blanc
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ounce lemon-parsley infused simple syrup (see ingredients below)
3 drops aromatic bitters
For garnishing: 1 lemon, a few sprigs of fresh mint leaves
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with 3/4 cup ice. Stir to mix and allow resting for about 30 seconds, and then pouring into a glass.
Yes, it’s exactly how it sounds. A red, white, and blue beauty.
1 ounce absinthe (preferably Vieux Carré)
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce coconut syrup (see Editor's Note)
1/4 ounce Suze
3/4 ounce blue curaçao
Peychaud's bitter and a mint bouquet (or 3 pineapple leaves)
Add absinthe, lemon juice, coconut syrup and Suze to a tall pilsner glass. Fill glass half way with crushed ice and swizzle. Pack glass almost full with crushed ice. Top with blue curaçao. Pack all the way to the top and mound with crushed ice. Dash Peychaud's generously over top.
Garnish with a mint bouquet or a three pineapple leaves.
Whiskey and Absinthe? Give it a shot, it’s worth it.
1 oz rye whiskey
¾ ounce Benedictine
¾ ounce sweet vermouth
1/8 teaspoon Pernod or absinthe (or in the unlikely event that you have it, Herbsaint)
Several dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Maraschino cherry for garnish
Fill a cocktail pitcher with ice. Pour in whiskey, Benedictine, sweet vermouth, and Pernod. Shake in bitters. Stir well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry or a twist of lemon.
Another hit for whiskey x absinthe. Enjoy the Sherman Cocktail on the rocks.
2 ounces rye whiskey
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 teaspoon absinthe
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash orange bitters
Twist of lemon for garnish
Place ice in a cocktail pitcher or shaker. Pour in whiskey, sweet vermouth, and absinthe. Shake in Angostura and orange bitters. Shake or stir to mix. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
So as you can see, the green fairy isn’t evil - it’s just misunderstood.
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