19 Absinthe Cocktails You Need To Try
This far into winter, no drink is too strong.
If you don’t have a bottle of absinthe at home, go out and buy one!
Although the United Stated banned absinthe in 1915, the ban was lifted in 2007. Today, your neighborhood liquor store probably carries at least a few bottles. While some varieties are better than others, all have a strong anise flavor and none are actually proven hallucinogens. Though absinthe contains a trace amount of the compound thujone, which was once thought to be mind-altering, any weird effects people associate with drinking absinthe are probably just a result of too much alcohol.
The simplest, most traditional way to drink absinthe is is with sugar and water.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try an absinthe cocktail.
Because of its strong flavor and high alcohol content–depending on the brand, absinthe can be anywhere from 45-75% ABV, or 90-150 proof–absinthe is used sparingly in most cocktails, often mixed with larger volumes of other, less potent spirits. But even just an absinthe rinse (swirling the inside of a glass with absinthe before filling it with another cocktail) adds a strong licorice flavor and some extra intensity.
1. The Sun Also Rises
A Hemingway daiquiri is a serious drink all on its own. Add a spoonful of absinthe, and you’ve got a drink that’s completely unstoppable. Recipe here.
2. Sleepy Hollow Cocktail
This smoky combination of absinthe and mezcal is unlike anything you’ve tried before. Recipe here.
3. Corpse Reviver No. 2
If you’re a gin person, this is hands down the most refreshing, delicious, and dangerous drink of all time. Recipe here.
4. The Green Beast
This looks like an innocent porch drink, but it’s actually a powerful lime and absinthe punch. Either way, it hits the spot. Recipe here.
5. Carthusian Sazerac
This one only calls for an absinthe rinse (which means you swirl the absinthe around inside the glass and then pour it out), because the flavor profile of the rye-chartreuse mix is complex all on its own. Recipe here.
7. Billionaire Cocktail
8. The Jaded Lady
This mix of of absinthe, vodka and white wine is the trippiest lady drink you’ll ever have. Recipe here.
10. Death In The Afternoon
A simple mix of absinthe and champagne, this drink sounds pretty lively to me. Recipe here.
11. Foaming Fairy
Gin and absinthe give this its edge, but an egg white gives the drink its frothy fairy magic. Recipe here.
12. Absinthe Suissesse
The only thing plain about this creamy cocktail is the color. Recipe here.
13. Fourth Degree
Gin, vermouth, and MORE vermouth = very dry and very strong. Which is exactly my kind of thing. Recipe here.
14. The New Black
15. Classic Sazerac
For anybody who usually sticks to whiskey on the rocks, but wants to change it up just a little bit. Recipe here.
Vermouth fanatics, this one’s for you. Recipe here.
17. The Earthquake
A simple mix of cognac and absinthe that’s guaranteed to shake you up. Recipe here.
18. Seapea Fizz
Absinthe mixes with lemon juice, sugar, egg whites, and seltzer in this punchy but not deadly drink. Recipe here.