Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Absinthe Cocktail

1/2 large bar glass ice

Ingredient: ice

What it is:  Additive
The new general availability of ice in the mid 1800s revolutionized bar-tending and drinking. Ice was delivered in blocks that then had to to be broken, crushed, picked and shaved for increasingly popular individual drinks (as opposed to large punches).

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fine
1 dash gum syrup

Ingredient: gum syrup

Also Known As:  Gomme syrup What it is:  Syrup

An ingredient commonly used in mixed drinks. Like bar syrups, it is a sugar and water mixture, but has an added ingredient of gum arabic which acts as an emulsifier.

Substitution:  simple syrup

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1 dash Peychaud bitters

Ingredient: Peychaud bitters

What it is:  Bitters
Substitution:  bitter

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or Angostura bitters
1 pony glass absinthe

Ingredient: absinthe

What it is:  Spirit
An anise-flavored spirit derived from herbs, including the flowers and leaves of the herb Artemisia absinthium (wormwood). Absinthe traditionally has a natural green color but can also be colorless. Although absinthe was vilified, no evidence has shown it to be any more dangerous than ordinary spirits.

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1 ounce water

Ingredient: water

What it is:  Additive
Ubiquitous chemical substance that is composed of hydrogen and oxygen and is essential for all forms of life -- also a component of all drinks.

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1 lemon

Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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peel, twisted

Fill a mixing-glass half-full of fine ice, add one dash gum-syrup, one dash Peyschaud or Angostura bitters, one pony absinthe, one pony water. Mix well. Strain into cocktail glass; add a piece twisted lemon-peel.