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Absinthe Cocktail


Absinthe Cocktail

If you love the flavor of anise, this Absinthe Cocktail is for you.

Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

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



  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.

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