This one is not for everybody, but if you like the anise flavor of licorice, you’ll love this Absinthe Sour cocktail recipe.
This is how it came about. I was about to make whiskey sours for a pre-dinner cocktail when I realized there wasn’t enough whiskey to make two drinks. Insert sad face here, haha.
As luck would have it, a friend and coworker of mine, a French guy named Ruben, had given my Mom a bottle of Absinthe as a Christmas present. My Mom was of course terrified by the reputation absinthe had, so she never touched it. This led me to steal her Christmas present.
This is a terrible story of corruption brought on by Absinthe, I probably shouldn’t make it public, but too late. Absinthe for Christmas? Stealing liquor from my Mom? Terrible, just terrible.
So anyway, there’s the Absinthe, beckoning me to use it as a substitute for whiskey. Which I did, and my Absinthe Sour Cocktail is now one of my favorites. The spicy, warm, slightly bitter anise with the sour lemon and just enough sweetness makes this a great drink.
Next time you’re ordering a cocktail, try this. Just have the bartender substitute Absinthe for the whiskey in a whiskey sour and this is your new favorite drink.
Here’s my Absinthe Sour Cocktail Recipe, for two cocktails:
Absinthe Sour Cocktail
- Cocktail Shaker
- 4 Ounces Absinthe
- 2 Ounces Lemon Juice
- 2 Ounces Simple Syrup
- Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes and give it 40 shakes
- Pour the cocktail into the tumblers and let sit in the freezer for 30 minutes (optional, but it freezes to margarita like consistency)