Absinthe Drinker
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Absinthe Drinker
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Absinthe Drinker is a classic cocktail that is often associated with the bohemian lifestyle of the 19th and early 20th century. It is a strong and potent drink that contains ... more Absinthe Drinker is a classic cocktail that is often associated with the bohemian lifestyle of the 19th and early 20th century. It is a strong and potent drink that contains 30ml of absinthe, an anise-flavored spirit that was believed to have hallucinogenic effects. The cocktail also includes a teaspoon of sugar, which is used to balance out the intense bitterness of the absinthe. This cocktail was popularized in France and was a favorite among artists, writers, and poets who were drawn to its unique flavor profile and rumored mind-altering effects. Today, the drink is still enjoyed for its bold and distinctive taste, making it a favorite among adventurous drinkers.
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42.86% | 1.5 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Absinthe Drinker

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour a shot of absinthe into a lowball glass
Dip a teaspoon of sugar into the absinthe until soaked
Set the teaspoon alight and then stir the caramelising sugar into the absinthe, lighting the drink
Extinguish the glass by topping up with chilled water, then serve

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What makes absinthe a unique ingredient in cocktails?

Absinthe is unique due to its high alcohol content and distinct flavor profile, characterized by anise, fennel, and wormwood. Its complexity can add depth to cocktails, and it's often associated with a historical allure due to its controversial history and the ritualistic way of serving it, which involves water and sugar to dilute its potency and enhance its flavors.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Is there a special way to prepare an Absinthe Drinker cocktail?

Though the Absinthe Drinker cocktail recipe provided is straightforward, serving absinthe traditionally involves a special preparation called the 'absinthe ritual'. You pour absinthe into a glass, place a sugar cube on a slotted spoon above the glass, and slowly drip ice-cold water over the sugar until it dissolves into the absinthe, creating a louche effect as the drink turns opaque. This method dilutes the absinthe and lessens its bitterness.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Absinthe Drinker compare to other popular cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 42.86%, the Absinthe Drinker is significantly stronger than many popular cocktails. For example, a Margarita typically has an alcohol content around 20%, and a Mojito sits close to 10-15%, depending on the recipe. This makes the Absinthe Drinker more potent and suited for sipping.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal way to serve an Absinthe Drinker to enhance its flavors?

The ideal way to serve an Absinthe Drinker is in a lowball glass, as specified, with the absinthe chilled to bring out its aromatic flavors without overwhelming bitterness. Diluting it slightly with ice-cold water can also help mellow the drink's intensity while maintaining its character, creating a more enjoyable sipping experience.

GARNISHING_TIPS

Are there any garnishes that complement the flavor of Absinthe Drinker?

While the traditional Absinthe Drinker recipe does not specify garnishes, adding a simple lemon twist can complement the aniseed flavors of absinthe. The citrus aroma enhances the herbal notes, making the drink more aromatic and adding a refreshing element to its strong and complex profile.

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