Absinthe Cocktail

Absinthe Cocktail
If you love the flavor of anise, this Absinthe Cocktail is for you. Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving

This Absinthe Cocktail is a true classic cocktail and can be found in many of the first bartending books including those by "The Professor" Jerry Thomas.

I have adapted this recipe from the 1887 printing of Thomas' Bartenders Guide and it is a great way to taste all of the absinthe that has been reintroduced to the market after the ban was lifted.

Absinthe is the main ingredient and the Absinthe Cocktail is one of the purest ways to enjoy it. This recipe is very similar in taste and effect as the traditional method of drinking absinthe using a sugar cube and absinthe spoon.

I find it interesting that anisette is also used because it doubles the anise flavoring. If you are going to try this drink, you really need to enjoy that black licorice flavor that is anise.

The other thing you will notice is that this is a very short drink, coming in at just over 2 ounces. However, it is a powerful one in both taste and effect.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the absinthe, anisette, and bitters into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Slowly add ice-cold water, then ice.
  3. Shake vigorously.
  4. Strain into a cocktail glass.