How To Make An Absinthe Drip

If you're in the mood for a different type of drink, go ahead and learn how to make an Absinthe Drip.  If you're a cocktail connoisseur, you're probably familiar with an Absinthe Drip but, for most of the general public, this relatively obscure cocktail is unknown. Absinthe has suffered many tales of woe since from the early nineteenth century. Long rumored to be a very ill spirit (in more ways than one), Absinthe is a very strong, very licorice-flavored liquor which has been blamed for everything from psychosis to neurosis. There's even some rumors that absinthe was blamed for making Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear. Now, that's unheard of! But, after a ban of almost a century, Absinthe was reintroduced, legally, into the US in 1999. You probably still won't find it on any bar shelves but some liquor stores now carry it. If you're in the mood for something different, strong, and delicious. an Absinthe Drip is ripe for the drinking.

For one cocktail, you will need:

  • Two ounces of the best quality Absinthe you can find. The really good stuff is a very pretty green.
  • Six ounces of water (or sub in club soda is you like a fizz).
  • One sugar cube
  • Ice
  • A slotted spoon
  1. Add ice to a tall beverage glass.
  2. Pour in the Absinthe.
  3. Put the sugar cube in the spoon and place the spoon across the beverage glass.
  4. Dribble ice cold water (or seltzer) over the sugar cube until it's dissolved.

If you were lucky enough to find the best quality Absinthe for your Absinthe Drip, your drink milk turn a milky color. This is perfectly normal and, in fact, preferred as only the good quality stuff gets cloudy.

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