Absinthe has long been the drink of choice for artists, poets, writers and painters so its very own day is long overdue.
Yet the Green Fairy was banned in many countries after a moral panic caused the belief that it was absinthe, rather than alcoholism or syphilis, that was sending both Bohemians and ordinary working folk mad. It is precisely this ban that makes today Absinthe Day, for it was on this day in 1997, that absinthe went back on legal sale in the USA since its 1912 ban.
And what better way to celebrate Absinthe Day than with a cocktail created by a true Bohemian, absinthe fan and one of the world's most influential bartenders, Dick Bradsell. Indeed, in December 1998, in an upstairs room at London's Groucho Club, when George Rowley launched the first absinthe to be sold in Britain since the First World War, it was Dick who was not only mixing long forgotten cocktails, but was also reassuring the assembled journalists that this supposedly banned spirit was safe to drink.
Dick made many drinks using absinthe but here are links to four of his original recipes:
• Green Fairy (1990s) - with absinthe, lemon juice, sugar syrup, bitters and egg white.
• Hammer of the Gods (late 1990s) - a layered shot with absinthe and Tuaca liqueur.
• Triple A (2010) - with absinthe, apple juice, orgeat syrup and lime juice.
• Fairy Cream (2010) - with absinthe, cream, dark crème de cacao and white crème de cacao.