Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it.—Ernest Hemingway, from a personal letter.

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The Green Fairy Book of Absinthe Cocktail Recipes: Over 700 Drink Creations to Celebrate the Green Hour

The Absinthe Drinker, Pablo Picasso, 1901. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Absinthe Drinker, Pablo Picasso, 1901. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Collected and Edited by Robert Calhoun and Joanne Asala

Absinthe! The very word evokes an era of romance and excess. Nicknamed la fée verte, or the “Green Fairy,” this fabled drink is often said to be the inspiration behind the work of many great ninteenth-century artists and poets like Degas, Manet, van Gogh, Verlaine, and Toulouse Lautrec. The Green Fairy has also been called a dark seductress. Nearly a hundred years ago the world banned this potent spirit amid fears that it caused madness and criminal behavior. However, much of that belief has been dispelled and absinthe is making a comeback. Many cafes around the world are serving it again as the laws against distilling it are being lifted. This collection of over 700 cocktail recipes offers the reader a variety of delicious ways to enjoy absinthe. If you are not lucky enough to live in a region where absinthe is again legal, you may also try using Pernod, Anisette, Absente, or other “absinthe substitutes” in these cocktails. Illustrated with historic images from the Virtual Absinthe Museum as well as dozens of vintage advertising posters and paintings by nineteenth-century masters. Long live the Green Fairy!

Sample Cocktail Recipes

Blackcurrant Absinthe

  • 1 shot Absinthe
  • ⅔ shot Triple Sec
  • 1 shot Blackcurrant Cordial (non-alcoholic) or Blackcurrant Juice
  • Champagne or Sparkling Wine

Shake Absinthe, Triple Sec, and Blackcurrant Cordial with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Top with Champagne and stir gently.

Lon Perry Cocktail

  • 1 jigger Whiskey
  • ½ shot Orange Juice
  • ½ teaspoon Absinthe
  • 2 teaspoons Powdered Sugar
  • Orange Wedge for garnish

Shake Whiskey, Orange Juice, Absinthe, and Powdered Sugar with ice and strain into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with an Orange Wedge.

Wild Mule

“The book is absolutely excellent...beautifully and intelligently produced.”— David Nathan-Maister, proprietor, The Virtual Absinthe Museum

This is a variation of the Moscow Mule, a popular drink that launched a “vodka craze” in America during the 1950s. In a Wild Mule, Absinthe replaces the Vodka from the original recipe.

  • 4 shots Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale
  • 1 shot Absinthe
  • ⅔ shot Lime Juice

Build over ice in a rocks glass.

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Price: $4.95 (122 pages)


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