Think absinthe is for sipping in tiny glasses whilst sitting around some 1920s Parisian speakeasy? Think again! Absinthe, before its time as the world spirit pariah, was actually used to create a lot of delightfully refreshing cocktails, the likes of which are making a pretty divine comeback on today’s drinking mixing scene.
But what are the best absinthe cocktails? And what makes them so delicious?
Check them out below:
- Death in the Afternoon
Ernest Hemingway was known as a lot of things: an author, a hunter, a rather sexist womaniser. But “cocktail inventor” isn’t a title that usually gets applied to the author of legendary tales like The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls.
But, as anyone who knows anything about Hemingway will also know, that the man loved a drink. The man loved a drink so much, in fact, that he invented one containing absinthe.
Death in the Afternoon is an uber-refreshing absinthe cocktail that is fun to sit and drink on a hot afternoon.
- 2 tablespoons absinthe
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup
- ½ cup Champagne or Prosecco
It ain’t hard to make: all you have to do is pour in the absinthe and simply syrup before topping it with the champagne – cheers Erny!
- Corpse Reviver No. 2
An absinthe cocktail with a super cool name, the Corpse Reviver No. 2 was said to have been named as such because it was said to have splashed on a dead Parisian absinthe fiend and actually brought them back to life…
It’s only called that because of its strength, which is said to be so strong that it potentially could bring a dead person back to life.
There is no hard evidence to say the drink has created a “Finnegan’s Wake” or Quincas Water-Bray effect in real life, but it’s a delightfully tart cocktail that is worth making the living.
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1 ounce Cointreau
- 1 ounce dry vermouth
- ½ teaspoon absinthe
- Garnish with orange peel or orange wedge
All you have to do is add all the liquid components to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Give the shaker its namesake and keep shaking until nice and cold.
Strain your corpse reviver into a cocktail glass and garnish with your orange peel or wedge.
- The Sazerac
The Sazerac is a delightfully devilish old cocktail, one of the oldest in existence and one of those ones with a very vague history. Regardless, we do know two things:
- It is the legendary official New Orleans cocktails, and;
- It is a spirit-first cocktail that packs a lot of liquor-y goodness into the glass.
The cocktail has had a renaissance in recent years, especially since absinthe is now back in the world alcoholic beverage consumption good books.
Here is how you make one of these naughty old cocktails:
- 3-4 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters
- 1 sugar cube
- 1 teaspoon of absinthe
- 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons of cognac)
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) rye whiskey
- Lemon twist
In a mixing glass, add your Peychaud’s Bitters to the sugar cube, using a cocktail muddler or wooden spoon to dissolve the cube. Add the absinthe, cognac and rye whiskey before filling the glass with ice.
Stir the mixture until nice and cold before straining into a low ball cocktail glass. Remove 1 inch of lemon peel from the lemon before squeezing it into the Sazerac before placing the lemon peel in the glass and serving.