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Winter recipes: Absent Sour Hour

Absent Sour Hour
Absent Sour Hour: an absinthe-based cocktail with a sour base

There seems to be an eerie stigma attached to absinthe. This is probably part of absinthe’s charm and continues to make it a popular and sought after spirit today. Due to its dangerous and highly addictive reputation that was at one time thought to make the spirit’s consumers “crazy”, Absinthe (the Green Fairy) was banned in the United States in 1915. In 2007, the ban on the anise-flavored spirit was lifted, reviving absinthe’s popularity here in the states.

Traditionally, absinthe is served with a sugar cube and water (one part absinthe to four parts water). Absinthe can be served in the traditional form or be added to a cocktail for enhancement like a Sazerac or a Corpse Reviver. The Absent Sour Hour is an absinthe-based cocktail with a sour base:

Absent Sour Hour

  • 3 cucumber slices
  • 5-7 mint leaves
  • 1 ½ oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz absinthe
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice

Muddle cucumber, mint and simple syrup together in a mixing glass. Add absinthe, lemon juice and ice. Shake. Fine strain the entire contents of the mixing glass into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.

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  • Kelly 5 years ago

    I'm a new fine arts examiner for Columbus and your article interested me because my fiance and I have been choking down a bottle of absinth from Prague the traditional way. Your drink sounds way better! I used to bartend myself. Thanks for the tip.

  • Justin 5 years ago

    Unfortunately, the modern absinthes available in the US are tremendously weaker than those of Hemingway fame... There are some interesting articles out there about the chemical properties of absinthe and whether the wormwood truly has any hallucinogenic properties.

    You should do a follow up, recommending the best brand for top effects. :)

    I would be highly interested in reading that...

  • Bar ho 5 years ago

    I am such a fan, I wish you would write more articles, I have been waiting since January for you to make another entry on your blog, oh how I wish you would write something more...

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    Ryan Hlubb 4 years ago

    I am such a fan of your drinks and your writing, oh how I wish you would write just one more article....

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