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 those reintroduced absinthes that are now dotting the market.
It is an almost true taste of absinthe as that is the major ingredient, though I find it interesting that anisette is also used because it doubles up the anise flavoring. The other thing you will notice is that this is a very short drink, but it is a powerful one in both taste and effect.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail
- Pour the absinthe, anisette and bitters into a cocktail shaker.
- Slowly add ice-cold water, then ice.
- Shake vigorously.
- Strain into a cocktail glass.
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