Ah, absinthe. It’s not evil. Before the United States lifted the ban on maligned spirit in 2007 in the USA, absinthe (commonly called the green fairy or la charge verte in French) was plagued by misconceptions. Hallucinations! Violence! Madness! It is not based on any evidence. Absinthe is bottled at impressively high proofs (110-145), but it will not incite any more bad behavior than any other spirit.
Despite its shaky reputation, this spirit is well-known for its intense, complex flavor and the ability to be mixed into cocktails. As you can see, a little goes a long ways. A larger dose can also be magic. It’s not necessary to be a tortured artist in order to fall in love absinthe. These nine cocktails demonstrate the versatility of the green fairy and its undeniable romantic appeal.
Let’s get started. The drink is essentially a mix of absinthe, champagne, and simple syrups. Combine the two in a champagne flute and you are ready to Hemingway. Did you know Papa created the cocktail?
Yes, absinthe can be used to make a decent Sazerac. Did you know that rye whiskey was not originally included in this recipe? This cocktail’s original ingredient list used cognac instead of rye whiskey. During a shortfall in cognac production in the late 19th century, the drink switched to rye. Modern Sazerac is beautiful; the original is exquisitely refined.
The Green Beast will change your mind about Absinthe, which isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind when you think of summer drinks. These absinthe cocktails are a combination of lime juice and sugar, water, and absinthe. It’s a great choice if you want something new to drink while relaxing in the sun. Are you planning a party? This recipe can easily be made into a punch.
Gary Regan, a renowned bartender, created this cognac cocktail. It is France in one glass. This spirit-heavy cocktail combines absinthe, a French favourite, with French-made spirits, liqueurs, like Suze, Cointreau, and cognac. It is served in Champagne flutes to enhance French sophistication. Take one and pretend you’re in Paris. You’re a fan of that type of thing.
The Death in the Afternoon is enough to satisfy your Hemingway cravings. This five-ingredient cocktail, named after the author’s first novel is made with two types each of citrus, spirits, and absinthe. It has a complex flavor that every Hemingway fan would love.
It’s not clear how this light, floral drink, which contains elderflower liqueur and Lillet Blanc, got such a dark name. We believe that absinthe was a factor. You can drink it whenever you feel the need to raise your spirits.
This cheerfully layered glass contains blueberry vodka, simple syrup lemon juice, raspberry brandy, ginger beer, and lemon juice. This is the perfect cocktail to break out at your next summer BBQ.
This elegant blend of absinthe and French pear brandy, lime, rich simple syrup, and an egg white is topped with fresh gratings of nutmeg to create a fragrant, frothy sipper. Double the French elegance if you are going to drink La Fee verte.
This cocktail is for you if the scent of anise makes your heart race. The Absinthe Frappe is a take on the cobbler. It combines anisette and absinthe. This is a great drink for anyone looking to move beyond the traditional absinthe drink. Absinthe Frappe can also be used to treat hangovers if you’ve had too many drinks in one night. If you really need to wake yourself up, try a frozen variation.