I have to be honest with you, I was a little scared of absinthe at first. Can you blame me? This spirit has a fairly haunting history and has frequently been called the Green Devil! Thankfully, my friends over at Absinthe Absente were willing to teach me all about this unique spirit and, in the process, helped quelle any fears I had. I learned that absinthe is a delicious liquor that is made through a process of steeping a mixture of herbs, including wormwood, anise, and fennel, in alcohol. And, although this green-hued spirit has deep ties to its fair share of sinister and magical legends, it does not, in fact, cause hallucinations. (Whew, that’s a relief!)
If you haven’t tried (or at least seen) traditional absinthe preparation, I highly recommend it. The ritual involves filling a Pontarlier glass with a measure of absinthe, balancing a slotted spoon across its mouth, placing a sugar cube on top, and slowly dripping cool water over the sugar until it has dissolved. It’s a precise method that is a long-practiced part of absinthe’s rich history. Every curious cocktail lover and at-home bartender should check it out! Sipping absinthe in this way gave me a chance to fully enjoy the spirit’s unique flavors and, of course, dream up what kind of cocktail I wanted to use it in.
You have my word that, despite what some of the darker rumors about absinthe would have you believe, the Fairy Tale absinthe cocktail is a delightful drink that will enliven your palette with its exotic flavor. In this libation, the unique, herbaceous taste of absinthe is mixed with gin, elderflower liqueur, and pineapple to create a balanced sip perfect for your next get-together. Plus, if you shake one up at your next party, the fascinating history of absinthe is sure to be an interesting conversation starter!