Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

German or Swiss Style of Mixing Absinthe

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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The Germans and Swiss have the simplest way of drinking Absinthe that I met with in my travels through Europe. If a person goes to a Café or barroom as we call it, and asks for Absinthe, the bartender or waiter puts a pony glass of Absinthe into a large tumbler and sends this and a pitcher of water to the customer, who helps himself to as much water as he desires, and there is no mixing or fixing up about it. I consider this a very simple style of drinking Absinthe, but it tastes just as good to them and answers the purpose.