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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