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Best of Modern Absinthe Cocktails

Our round up of creative drinks rinsed, mixed and topped with the anise-flavored spirit.

Pretty much every bartender’s got the most famous absinthe cocktail recipes right at their fingertips, including the Sazerac, Death in the Afternoon, Corpse Reviver and Zombie. Simple yet sophisticated, these drinks elevate any bartender’s game. Our selection of the next best riffed recipes from the web’s green fairy aficionados follows.

1. Pair with unlikely flavors. Surprisingly, absinthe pairs well with fruits. Pomegranate tequila layers well with the herbaceous spirit. The Sacred Heart adds another layer of liquor with limoncello.

Sacred Heart

A tequila-absinthe cocktail created by Jonny Raglin when he was bar manager at San Francisco’s Absinthe Brasserie and Bar.

  • 1 1/2 ounces La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila
  • 3/4 ounce Lucid Absinthe Supérieure
  • 1/2 ounce limoncello
  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice
  • Lemon twist for garnish
  1. Combine all the ingredients except the garnish in a mixing glass filled 2/3 with ice. Shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds until cold. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

2. Let the absinthe be the star of the show. Two ingredients plus crushed ice is all you need to make 12 Bottle Bar’s rendition of the classic Absinthe Frappé. Let the absinthe shine.

Absinthe Frappé

  • 1.5 ounces Kübler Absinthe
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  1. Combine absinthe and syrup in a mixing glass, stir.
  2. Fill a rocks glass brimming with crushed ice and pour absinthe mixture over. Top with an optional splash of Seltzer.
  3. Garnish prettily: orange and mint are nice. Serve with a straw.

Simple is better when it comes to absinthe. This two-ingredient bombshell lets the anise shine. Photo:

3. Spike your negroni. Take a tiny edge off the bitterness by adding more herbal sweetness to your glass with our Sugar Magnolia Negroni.

Sugar Magnolia Negroni

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 2 to 3 drops absinthe
  1. Stir, serve on the rocks in a lowball.

4. Consider it for breakfast. We kid…sort of. Now that Four Loko won’t be easy to get, it’s DIY caffeinated cocktail time. Coffee and absinthe? Absolutely.


  • 1 ounce Lucid Absinthe
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 1 ounce crème liqueur
  1. Combine Lucid Absinthe, coffee liqueur and crème liqueur in a rocks glass.

Perfect comfort cocktailing with a twist. Photo:

5. Go for a classic. Gin’s botanicals shine in this drink garnished with a dash of absinthe. Summit Sips makes their own fresh grenadine for their rendition.

Monkey Gland

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1/4 ounce grenadine
  • 1 dash absinthe
  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist.

Use fresh orange juice to max taste. Photo:

Bonus: Absinthe’s also versatile outside the glass:
— It’s amazing to bake with, like in these Orange Absinthe Petits Fours
— It’s been turned into candy
— Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge is even spiking butter with absinthe, and serving it with grilled fish