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Absinthe Cocktails

There are countless absinthe cocktail recipes that call for just drops or dashes of absinthe, or for the glass merely to be rinsed/washed with absinthe, but due to this spirit's pungent smell and intense flavour, there are few cocktails that are truly absinthe-based or use a good slug of absinthe.

Our pick of the 20 best Absinthe cocktails highlights some of the few truly absinthe-based cocktails while the others selected for this page more subtly harness absinthe's flavour.

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20 best Absinthe cocktails

Absinthe is a most unusual cocktail ingredient as it's the main base spirit in some cocktails while is used as mere dashes in others. Absinthe's aroma

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Absinthe Gimlet

A herbal riff on the classic gin-based Gimlet.

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Absinthe Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Absinthe and gin delicately lead this subtle cherry-flavoured cocktail. Bitter liqueur adds more colour than flavour, while pink grapefruit freshens.

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Hints of apple and liquorice combine to make a very moreish cocktail.

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The Atty Cocktail

My recipe remains pretty faithful to Craddock's classic 1930s proportions, but in line with modern bartending conventions, I now disregard Craddock's instructions

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Dead Man's Mule

Strong in every respect. Big, full-on flavours of aniseed, cinnamon and ginger.

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Fairy Sugar Mama

Fruit juice, almond syrup and bold bittersweet flavours mask a whole shot of absinthe in this baby pink drink.

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Flying Frenchman (Absinthe Espresso Martini)

Best described as an energy drink on steroids - equal parts absinthe, coffee liqueur and espresso. However, unlike most caffeine-laden energy drinks the

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Green Fairy

A well-balanced Absinthe Sour served straight-up.

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Improved Holland Gin Cocktail

Salmon-pink with subtle juniper, rounded by maraschino liqueur, aromatic bitters and absinthe.

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Elderflower liqueur mellows and boosts the brandy's floral notes, while dashes of absinthe balance sweetness and add aniseed notes.

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Le Minuit

Absinthe based but incredibly subtle. Absinthe combines wonderfully with wine and apple.

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Monstre Verte Cocktail

A drink for fans of Chartreuse and aniseed.

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Moonshine Martini

A wet Martini with balanced hints of maraschino and absinthe.

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Morning Glory Fizz

This classic, sour and aromatic cocktail is traditionally considered a morning after a pick-me-up / rejuvenative 'hair-of-the-dog'.

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Original Sin

Sake and vodka with a delicate hint of honey.

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Sweet and sour with citrus tartness and faint absinthe anise.

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Perfect Fairy

This white drink with the merest tint of absinthe green balances lemon, peach liqueur and lemon juice, rounded and made fluffy with egg white.

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Pour Me Another

Raisiny pedro ximénez sherry adds subtle richness to the cognac with hints of flavour from the absinthe and lemon zest. This drink benefits from generous

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Triple A

So named due to this drink being flavoured with absinthe, apple and almond.

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Weeping Jesus

This bright red cocktail makes the strong aniseed flavours of absinthe approachable.

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Windy Miller

British readers over 40 may remember the children's TV series Trumpton, Chigley and Camberwick Green. If you do, then sing between sips, Pugh, Pugh, Barney

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