Mad Fairy
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Mad Fairy
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.96 / 5
The Mad Fairy is a refreshing, easy introduction to the distinctive taste of absinthe. The Mad Fairy is a refreshing, easy introduction to the distinctive taste of absinthe.
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Absinthe
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Cocktail cherry
Alcohol content
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9.78% | 2.25 units *

Whisky glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

Mad Fairy boasts a daring simplicity, combining the potent anise-flavored absinthe with a gentle cascade of lemon-lime soda. It's a straightforward high-strength mix that sparkles with effervescence, suited for those ready to explore the mystique of absinthe in a refreshingly light form.

Method
How to make a Mad Fairy

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Fill a large rocks glass halfway with ice cubes
Add the absinthe, then slowly pour Sprite in to fill the glass
Gently stir until just a narrow layer of clear absinthe is visible in the bottom of the glass
Drop in a maraschino cherry as a garnish and serve
~ Absinthe is available in many of US states now. It's expensive, but strong enough to go a long way. ~

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·  Stir  ·  Layer  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What is Absinthe and why is it used in the Mad Fairy cocktail?

Absinthe is a highly alcoholic distilled spirit made with anise, wormwood, and other herbs. Known for its distinctively strong herbal flavor and often its green hue, absinthe plays a crucial role in the Mad Fairy cocktail, providing a unique, bold flavor profile and contributing to the cocktail's overall potency and character.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

Why is the Mad Fairy served in a whisky glass?

The Mad Fairy is served in a whisky glass primarily because of its sturdy design, which complements the straight-forward and robust nature of the cocktail. The wide opening of the glass also allows the aroma of the absinthe to be appreciated fully, enhancing the drinking experience.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Mad Fairy stirred instead of shaken?

The Mad Fairy is stirred instead of shaken to maintain its clarity and texture. Stirring gently combines the absinthe with the lemon-lime soda, ensuring the cocktail remains smooth and preventing excessive dilution that could occur from the vigorous agitation of shaking.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Mad Fairy compare to typical cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 9.78%, the Mad Fairy falls below the strength of many classic cocktails, which often feature alcohol content upwards of 15-30%. This makes the Mad Fairy a milder option for those seeking a lower-alcohol drink, though its use of absinthe still delivers a distinctive flavor experience.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

Can I modify the Mad Fairy cocktail to make it sweeter or less potent?

Yes, the Mad Fairy cocktail can be easily modified for sweetness or potency. To make it sweeter, consider adding a splash of simple syrup or using a sweeter variety of lemon-lime soda. To reduce its potency, increase the amount of soda relative to absinthe, or substitute a part of the absinthe with a non-alcoholic herbal syrup for a lighter version.

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