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May We Bring Your Attention To These Absinthe-Based Cocktails?

absinthe cocktail variations

Absinthe is an interesting spirit known for its lurid green colour and distinctive anise-forward taste. Its potency ranges from 45% to 74% and when mixed with other spirits, the ABV of the cocktail can spike greatly. So, drinks with absinthe are not something you take lightly. 

Originally conceived as a remedy for various ailments by Dr. Pierre Ordinaire, a French doctor in Couvet, Switzerland, absinthe has evolved into a beloved ingredient in cocktails. Here are some absinthe cocktails that you must try: 

death in the afternoon cocktail

Death in the Afternoon 

Ernest Hemingway’s brainchild that only requires these two ingredients. 


30 ml of absinthe 

A teaspoon of simple syrup

110 ml of chilled Champagne



Champagne flute or cocktail glass


Pour around 30 ml of absinthe into the champagne flute.

Next add chilled Champagne into the glass to give the drink its characteristic milky appearance. 

You can also substitute Champagne with Prosecco or any white sparkling wine. 

simple absinthe cocktail

Corpse Reviver

A bartender’s hangover cure for their patrons. 


30 ml of absinthe to rinse the glass

30 ml of Gordon's The Original London Dry Gin

30 ml of Lillet blanc

30 ml of orange liqueur 

30 ml of lemon juice

Orange zest for garnish




Cocktail mixer

Chilled cocktail glass 


Swirl the absinthe in your chilled cocktail glass and then discard any remnants.

Pour the rest of the ingredients in a cocktail mixer and shake for about 15 to 20 seconds until the drink is completely cold. 

Strain over the absinthe-coated cocktail glass and garnish with orange zest. 

absinthe frappe

Absinthe Frappé 

You’d never find another drink like this one. 


45 ml of absinthe 

15 no of simple syrup

Couple of dashes of cold soda or water

Mint for garnish

Crushed ice 


Cocktail mixer



Add the absinthe and syrup in a cocktail mixer with crushed ice. Shake till the drink is completely chilled. 

Strain into a glass with crushed ice. Top it up with a few dashes of soda or water. 

Garnish the glass with a mint sprig. 

a la louisiane using absinthe

A La Louisiane 

A New Orleans native cocktail and variation of the Vieux Carré.


60 ml of rye whisky 

20 ml of sweet vermouth 

15 no of Benedictine 

1/8 tsp of absinthe 

1/8 tsp of Peychaud’s bitters


Coupe glass

Mixing glass

Bar spoon


Add all of the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well-chilled and combined. 

Strain into a coupe glass and serve immediately. 

necromancer cocktail


One of the many versions of corpse revivers. 


20 ml of absinthe 

20 ml of elderflower liqueur

20 ml of Lillet blanc 

A dash of Gordon's The Original London Dry Gin

20 ml of lemon juice 

Lemon twist for garnish




Coupe glass

Cocktail shaker


Add absinthe, elderflower liqueur, Lillet blanc, gin and freshly squeezed lemon juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. 

Give this mixture a good shake and then strain into a coupe glass.

Don’t forget to garnish with a lemon twist before serving. 


You probably don’t need a reminder, but we wouldn’t be your friends if we didn’t say this: please enjoy these drinks responsibly! Alcoholic drinks are best enjoyed safely and in moderation.

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