This Absinthe Cocktail is simple, refreshing, and packs a punch

Southern Kitchen
An absinthe cocktail garnished with a fresh lemon wheel.

About the recipe

For many years, the sale of absinthe was banned in the United States. But in 2007 it was reintroduced to the American market after rigorous testing proved the liquor, which is made with wormwood, does not on its own present a health risk or cause felonious behavior.

This recipe is adapted from Crosby Gaige’s “The Standard Cocktail Guide: A Manual of Mixed Drinks Written for the American Host.”

Serves: 1

Hands On Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


Ice cubes

1 1/2 ounces absinthe

1/2 ounce simple syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Lemon peel


In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the absinthe, simple syrup and bitters. Cover and shake until cold, then strain the drink into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the lemon peel, twisted. Serve.