Photography by Rob Palmer
Needing some inspiration for absinthe cocktails? Check out these concoctions from October’s Bartender magazine.
Classic Absinthe Cocktails
Morning Glory Fizz
45ml Blended Scotch whiskey
15ml Moulin Rooz Absinthe
15ml Lime juice
10ml Lemon juice
2tsp Castor sugar
1 Egg white
Syphon selters or vichy water to top
Add all ingredients except syphon selters to your mixing glass. Dry shake (without ice) to emulsify egg white. Add cracked ice and shake briskly. Strain into a highball glass and top with sparkling water. Consume immediately.
Adapted from Harry Johnson’s New and Improved Bartender’s Manual, 1934 Revised Edition
Death in the Afternoon
15ml La Fée Absinthe Parisenne
Moet et Chandon Brut NV Champagne
Pour absinthe into a Champagne saucer. Top with Champagne.
45ml Dry Gin
45ml Orange juice
5ml Tamborine Mountain Distillery Arak/Raki Pastis Spirit
Add all ingredients into a mixing glass. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Adapted from Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, 2004 Edition
Contemporary Absinthe Cocktails
30ml Djabel Premium Czech Absinth
10ml Parfait Amour
15ml Rosemary gomme
30ml Lemon juice
1cm Rosemary sprig
Press Rosemary leaves and Rosemary gomme in the base of a mixing glass. Add other ingredients and dry shake to emulsify egg white. Add ice and shake again. Double strain into a Champagne flute and garnish with a seamless maraschino cherry.
Geoff Fewell, Pelagic Bar & Dining, Canberra
Van Gogh Treacle
40ml Junipero gin
30ml Lemercier 75% abv
2 Dashes Peychaud’s
2 Barspoons demerara sugar syrup
15ml Cloudy apple juice
Stir over hand cracked ice. Garnish with an apple ear.
Reece Griffiths, Victoria Room, Sydney
30ml Rittenhouse 100 proof straight rye whiskey
30ml Kubler absinthe
3 Dashes Fee Brothers orange bitters
20ml passionfruit pulp
1 egg white
Shake two ways and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with half a dried apricot soaked in house spiced rum. Smear around rim of cocktail glass and fold over rim as garnish.
Lee Potter Cavanagh, Victoria Room, Sydney