Absinthe Frappé
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Absinthe Frappé
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The Absinthe Frappé cocktail is a refreshingly aromatic drink that dates back to the 19th century, having been first concocted in New Orleans, Louisiana. It's typically served in a lowball ... more The Absinthe Frappé cocktail is a refreshingly aromatic drink that dates back to the 19th century, having been first concocted in New Orleans, Louisiana. It's typically served in a lowball glass and provides a potent anise-flavored base, courtesy of the absinthe, which is softened by the addition of sugar syrup. This chilled beverage is frequently garnished with a sprig of mint, which not only adds to its visual appeal but also lends a fresh, herbal note that complements the deep, complex flavors of the absinthe. The Absinthe Frappé offers a balance of sweetness and herbal bitterness, making it a nuanced and sophisticated choice for those looking to explore the historical allure of absinthe in a more accessible form.
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Absinthe
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Mint
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42.45% | 2.25 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Absinthe Frappé intertwines the potent, anise flavor of absinthe with just a hint of sugar syrup to ease its intense bite, creating a dance of sweetness and herbal depth in your mouth. A sprig of mint introduces a crisp finish, enhancing the complex botanicals with a fresh undertone, making every sip both invigorating and soothing in equal measure.

Method
How to make a Absinthe Frappé

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake vigorously then strain into a ice-filled rocks glass
Top up with a couple of dashes of chilled water, garnish with a mint sprig, and serve

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·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

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What is the history of the Absinthe Frappé?

The Absinthe Frappé was invented in the late 19th century by Cayetano Ferrer at the famous New Orleans bar, Café Frappé. It became popular as a refreshing way to enjoy absinthe, particularly in the hot summer months. Its simplicity and cooling effect helped establish its popularity, especially during the time when absinthe was widely consumed in America and Europe before its ban in many countries in the early 20th century.

FAQ

How do I correctly serve an Absinthe Frappé?

To serve an Absinthe Frappé correctly, fill a lowball glass with crushed ice, then add the absinthe and sugar syrup. Shake the mixture well until it's chilled, then pour it into the prepared glass. Optionally, you can garnish with a sprig of fresh mint for an added touch of flavor and aesthetic appeal. The key is to ensure the drink is cold and refreshing.

FAQ

Can I use any type of absinthe for an Absinthe Frappé?

Yes, you can use any type of absinthe for an Absinthe Frappé. However, the quality and flavor profile of the absinthe will significantly impact the taste of the cocktail. Traditional absinthes with a strong anise flavor and a hint of wormwood are ideal for creating an authentic Absinthe Frappé experience.

FAQ

Is the Absinthe Frappé a strong drink?

Yes, the Absinthe Frappé is considered a strong drink, primarily because absinthe itself is a high-proof spirit with an alcohol content that can range between 45% and 74% ABV. The cocktail's strength is somewhat mitigated by the dilution from the crushed ice, but it's still a potent beverage best enjoyed in moderation.

FAQ

Are there any variations of the Absinthe Frappé I can try?

Yes, there are several variations of the Absinthe Frappé you can try. One popular variation involves adding a splash of soda water for extra fizz and dilution. Another variation includes incorporating fresh herbs such as mint or basil into the shaker to infuse additional flavors. Additionally, some bartenders like to experiment with different syrups, such as raspberry or elderflower, to add a unique twist to the classic recipe.

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