Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Absinthe, Swiss Style

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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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 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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syphon seltzer

Ingredient: syphon seltzer

Also Known As:  Seltzer bottle, soda syphon What it is:  Additive

A device for dispensing soda water.

As early as 1790, the concept of an "aerosol" was introduced in France with self-pressurized carbonated beverages, but the modern syphon was created in 1829, when two Frenchmen patented a hollow corkscrew which could be inserted into a soda bottle and by use of a valve allowed a portion of the contents to be dispensed while maintaining the pressure on the inside of the bottle and hence preventing the remaining soda going flat.

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Fill a mixing-glass half-full of fine ice, pour into it one pony of absinthe, one pony of water, one dash of gum-syrup. Shake with shaker until very cold, strain into champagne-tumbler, fill up with siphon seltzer.