Now that absinthe is legal, it’s rather easy to find a range of absinthe brands throughout the United States. While it has different levels of thujone, the liquor is still enjoyable in a range of popular cocktails. Here’s a look at some of the cocktails you can try after purchasing a bottle of absinthe from your favorite Miami Beach liquor store.
The Absinthe Cocktail is the original absinthe drink that was made popular in 1887 through the Bartender’s Guide by Jerry Thomas. This cocktail is an excellent way to enjoy some of those newer absinthe brands that are coming out today and adds some anisette for even more anise flavoring.
To make the Absinthe Cocktail you’ll need 1 ounce of absinthe, 1 ounce of ice water, 2 dashes of anisette and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters. Begin by pouring the absinthe, bitters and anisette into a shaker and slowly add ice water, then some ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
Another well-known absinthe cocktail is the Obituary Cocktail that retains the beautiful opalescence of the absinthe. To make the Obituary Cocktail, pour 2 ounces of gin, 1/4 ounce of dry vermouth and 1/4 ounce of absinthe into a glass filled with ice. Stir and strain into a cocktail glass.
Finally, the Night Cap is a must-try if you’re just starting to experience absinthe. This cocktail was made popular in the 1939 Just Cocktails bartending guide and is very simple yet offers an interesting flavor.
Begin by pouring 1 ounce of brandy, 1 ounce of anisette or absinthe, 1 ounce of curacau liqueur and 1 egg yolk into a shaker and shake vigorously without ice. Now, add ice and shake again before straining into a chilled glass.
Finally, remember you can substitute Abisante, Pernod, Herbsaint or Anisette if you have trouble finding absinthe in your area.
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