10 Absinthe Cocktails for any Occasion: From Traditional to Trendy

10 Absinthe Cocktails for any Occasion: From Traditional to Trendy

Absinthe cocktails are a must for any cocktail enthusiast! The possibilities are endless when it comes to mixing this Green Fairy spirit with other ingredients.

If you're like me, then you're always on the lookout for new ways to enjoy Absinthe. That's why I've put together this list of 10 Absinthe cocktails for any occasion. Whether you're looking for something traditional or something more trendy, I've got you covered! These drinks showcase how versatile Absinthe can be, and they are easy to make in your home bar. 

Looking for non-alcoholic cocktail recipes? I have you covered here, too! See the end of the recipe list for recipes made with our Fairy Dust syrup instead of Absinthe. Fairy Dust syrup is a non-alcoholic, gluten free, small batch, and handcrafted syrup from my syrup collection. Fairy Dust was inspired by Absinthe and is made with fennel, anise and wormwood. All the flavor of the Green Fairy without any of the alcohol - and, of course, thujone free. Give it a try today.

For all the recipes I recommend using any of my Absinthes: blanche, verte, or barrel agedAs a guide, the blanche is best for a subtle Absinthe flavor, the verte when you want the Absinthe to be noticeable when you drink, and the barrel aged is delicious in sweeter cocktails such as our Abs-groni, a negroni with Absinthe in place of the gin.

 

 

Absinthia Absinthe

Absinthe & Gin

1. Tuxedo No 2 - The Tuxedo is an “Improved Cocktail.” In 1876, an updated edition of Jerry Thomas’ Bar-Tender’s Guide included an appendix with “Improved” versions of familiar brandy, whiskey, and gin cocktails. These variations took the long-standard, traditional pre-prohibition cocktail recipe and improved it with the addition of maraschino liqueur and absinthe. And you know absinthe is an improvement I can get behind!

Tuxed No. 2 Ingredients

  • 1/4 ounce Absinthia Absinthe
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1-ounce dry vermouth
  • 1/4 ounce Maraschino liqueur
  • 2-3 dashes of orange bitters
  • Lemon twist and a cherry, for garnish

Steps: Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry and a twist of lemon zest.

2. Obituary - is one of the few cocktail recipes that allows Absinthe to really shine. It offers the distinct taste of Absinthe by mixing Absinthe with equal parts dry vermouth. Obituary is basically a dry martini with a green fairy twist!

Obituary Ingredients

Steps: Stir the ingredients in a mixing glass filled with cracked ice. Stir well and pour into a chilled cocktail glass.

 

Absinthe & Tequila


3. Tequila Sour with Absinthe Rinse - Making a variation of a cocktail often means you are looking to give it an extra distinctive character note without competing with the balance. This is where the bartender trick of rinsing your cocktail glass with another liquor comes into play. Rinsing your glass with Absinthe adds the strong accent of Absinthe flavor and adds layers to the drink. In this case, Absinthe provides its distinct anise flavor without overwhelming the traditional tequila sour combination.

Tequila Sour with Absinthe Rinse Ingredients

  • 1 1⁄2 oz Tequila
  • 3⁄4 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1⁄4 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 3⁄4 oz Agave nectar
  • 1 Egg white
  • Mole bitters
  • Rinse of Absinthia Absinthe

Steps: Rinse a rocks glass with Absinthia Absinthe. Add all the ingredients except the bitters to a shaker, and shake without ice. Add ice, shake, and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with 3 drops of the mole bitters.

 

Tequila Sour

 

  • 4. Corpse Reviver No. 5 -  The Corpse Reviver is a popular drink that has grown from one to many. It  belongs to a family of pre-Prohibition cocktails with Corpse Revivers No. 1 being the original way to wake or rouse a drinker from the dead. Made popular by the famous bartender Harry Craddock, the Corpse Reviver is now a widely known cocktail. No 5 explores the awakening spirit of tequila and replaces the wash of absinthe with a dash or two. 
  • Corpse Reviver No. 5 Ingredients

    • 1 oz Blanco Tequila
    • 1 oz Cocchi Americano
    • 1 oz Pineapple Gum Syrup
    • 1 oz fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
    • 2 dashes of Absinthia Absinthe Superieure
    Stpes: Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and 2 dashes of absinthe.
  • 5. La Abuela, The Absinthe Margarita - I love this recipe by Katie B. Foster at the Tasting Table Test Kitchen. It has ambience and as Katie says in the article, it packs a little more punch! This recipe asks absinthe to play a larger part in the cocktail, rather than it being a minor splash or rinse. Check out this original recipe published by the Tasting Table Test Kitchen for steps on how to make this gorgeous drink.
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    La Abuela Ingredients

    • ¼ ounce Absinthia Absinthe Superieure
    • 1 white sugar cube
    • 4 to 5 Thai basil leaves, plus more for garnish
    • ¼ ounce yuzu lime juice
    • 2 ounces añejo tequila
    • Ice

     

  • Absinthe & Champagne

  • 6. Hopes & Dreams - is my version of the classic Hemingway Death in the Afternoon. The original name has always felt too heavy for me, so I renamed it Hopes & Dreams. I like to think of Champagne as the Hope and Absinthe as the Dream. 
  • Hopes & Dreams Ingredients

  • Steps: Pour 1 jigger of Absinthe into a champagne glass. Add the iced champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. 

  • 7. Mad Mimosa - another wonderful recipe to serve at a brunch or a special event. How about making your big announcement dinner with a Mad Mimosa to make the evening stand out even more?

    Mad Mimosa Ingredients

    • 1 jigger of Absinthia Absinthe Superieure
    • Chilled Brut Champagne
    • Orange Juice
    Steps: Add absinthe to champagne glass. Add iced Brut champagne. Top with a whisper of orange juice.

    Absinthe & Whiskey

      8. A La Louisiane -  This cocktail has a rich history just like Absinthe does. It appeals to Manhattan drinkers with its base of rye whiskey and sweet vermouth. A La Louisiane originated from New Orleans’ restaurant La Louisiane. Adding Absinthe to the well known variation of rye and sweet vermouth makes the familiar Manhattan ingredients feel special. 

      A La Louisiane Ingredients

      • 1 oz rye whiskey
      • ¾ ounce Benedictine
      • ¾ ounce sweet vermouth
      • 1/8 teaspoon Absinthia Absinthe Superieure
      • Several dashes Peychaud’s bitters
      • Maraschino cherry for garnish

      Steps: Fill a cocktail pitcher with ice. Pour in whiskey, Benedictine, sweet vermouth, and Pernod. Shake in bitters. Stir well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry or a twist of lemon.

       


    • 9. Faro Dealer - is a wonderful recipe by Gaz Regan, a cocktail pioneer and author of many compelling cocktail books including The Joy of Mixology.
    • Faro Dealer Ingredients

      • 2 oz. rye whiskey
      • 3/4 oz. Cointreau
      • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
      • 2 dashes Absinthia Absinthe Superieure
        Steps: Combine ingredients and shake with ice until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Cheers!

           

          Fairy Dust Mocktail Recipes

          All the flavor of absinthe but zero alcohol! Perfect for any occasion or any time of the day.
          Fairy Dust syrup
          1. The Virgin Fairy Mocktail - Is a delicious Fairy Dust mocktail that highlights lemon juice and Peychaud’s bitters - ingredients that are found in many absinthe cocktail recipes.

          The Virgin Fairy Ingredients

          • 2 oz Seedlip Garden non-alcoholic spirit
          • 1 oz Fairy Dust syrup
          • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
          • 2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
          Steps: Shake over ice and strain into a cocktail glass of your choosing. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
          2. The Sparkling Green Fairy Mocktail - Most fairies bring their own sparkle but this easy and refreshing mocktail gives the Green Fairy syrup some extra shimmer. Choose your favorite plain sparkle water for this recipe. 

          The Sparkling Green Fairy Ingredients

          • 1 oz Fairy Dust syrup
          • 2-3 oz of your favorite plan sparkling water
          • a lemon or lime
          Steps: Pour Fairy Dust syrup into a cup, add sparkling water, give a squeeze of lime or lemon, stir gently and enjoy!
          Photograph of Fairy Dust cocktail syrup bottle with a cocktail glass filled with Fairy Dust syrup and a lime.
          3. The Spring Stroll Mocktail - For people who have not had absinthe before, or are familiar with the unique flavors of anise and fennel, I tell them that Fairy Dust syrup is herbaceous and fragrant, like a nice stroll on a spring day. And what says refreshing afternoon break more than a cold glass of lemonade? Why, the Spring Stroll Mocktail of course!

          The Spring Stroll Ingredients

          • 1 oz Fairy Dust syrup
          • 3-4 oz lemonade
          • Splash of sparkle or still water
          Steps: Fill a tall glass with ice, add syrup, lemonade and a splash of water then stir gently.

           


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