Ah, absinthe: It’s not evil, just misunderstood. Prior to the US lifting the ban on the maligned spirit in 2007, absinthe—commonly referred to as the Green Goddess—was plagued with misconceptions. Hallucinations! Violence! Madness! Underneath the shady reputation of this historic spirit, there’s a complex flavor that begs to be added to cocktails. These seven libations prove that absinthe isn’t so bad.
Let’s start with something simple. This nearly effortless drink contains only two ingredients: absinthe and Champagne. Mix the two together in a Champagne flute and you’re ready to get your Hemingway on. Speaking of Papa, did you know that he allegedly created this cocktail himself?
Everyone knows that absinthe is a key ingredient to making a respectable Sazerac. But were you aware that rye whiskey wasn’t originally in the recipe? The earliest ingredient list for this cocktail named cognac as its main spirit. The drink switched gears to rye during a shortage of cognac production during the late 19th century.
Absinthe isn’t the first spirit that pops to mind when thinking of summery drinks, but The Green Beast can certainly change your point of view. A combination of lime juice, sugar, water and absinthe, this cocktail may be right up your alley if you’re looking for something new to sip on while lounging in the sun. Planning a party? We can show you just how easy it is to convert this recipe into a punch.
This cognac cocktail created by renowned bartender Gary Regan is essentially France in a glass. Pairing absinthe, a French favorite, with French-made spirits and liqueurs like Suze, Cointreau and cognac, this spirit-heavy cocktail is served in a Champagne flute to maximize French sophistication. Make yourself one, then pretend you’re in a Parisian café. If you’re into that kind of thing.
With ingredients like elderflower liqueur, Lillet Blanc and lemon juice, it’s unclear how this light and floral drink got such a dark name. If you ask us, the addition of absinthe certainly had an influence.
If the smell of anise drives you wild, this is the cocktail to make. A take on a cobbler, the Absinthe Frappe combines absinthe and Anisette. It’s a great tricycle for anyone trying to branch out from the traditional absinthe drip. If you have too many drinks one fateful night, the Absinthe Frappe is also a great hangover cure. It’s a lot easier to take down than aspirin.