Who would have guessed that there would ever be a National Absinthe Day? Since it was banned in the United States in 1912, and prohibition nailing the coffin shut in 1919, it is really a miracle that absinthe is back on the market. 2015 marks the ninth anniversary of this new holiday devoted to the Green Fairy.
In celebration of this event, here is the traditional way to enjoy a glass. And no, you don’t light it on fire!
- Pour a measure of absinthe in an absinthe glass
- Place a sugar cube on a flat perforated spoon on top of the glass
- Drip ice-cold water on the sugar cube to slowly dissolve it
- Add three to six parts water to the glass
- Take your time, sip. The slower, the better
If you’re looking for a cocktail that calls for absinthe, try this one from the classic Savoy Cocktail Book published in 1930.
Corpse Reviver No. 2 Cocktail
.75 oz Plymouth Gin
.75 oz Cointreau
.75 oz Lillet Blanc
.75 oz Lemon juice
Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with absinthe and set aside. Add the remaining ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into the prepared glass. Be revived!