Absinthe Drip Recipe

The Absinthe drip recipe is one of the most famous Absinthe cocktails.
Absinthe Drip recipe using an Absinthe Fontaine

METHOD

Build

GLASS

Absinthe Glass (or Cocktail Glass) 

CATEGORY 

Absinthe 

ABSINTHE DRIP RECIPE INGREDIENTS 

50ml Absinthe

50ml Water 

1 Sugar Cube

HOW TO MAKE AN ABSINTHE DRIP COCKTAIL

This is a built cocktail so we’ll be putting each ingredient directly into the glass.

Pour 50ml Absinthe into a chilled Absinthe glass. Place a perforated spoon (Absinthe spoon) on top of the glass and place a sugar cube on top of the spoon. 

Fill an Absinthe fountain with water and crushed ice to chill the water. Position the tap over the sugar cube and turn the tap on slowly so that the water drips over the sugar cube. 

Leave the tap dripping until the sugar cube has fully dissolved and the Absinthe has turned to a cloudy colour. 

Mix the Absinthe with the spoon and serve. 

If you don’t have an Absinthe fountain, you can use a water dispenser with a tap or just use a bottle with a hole pierced into the lid so that the water will drip out. 

GARNISH

None

TELL US ABOUT THE ABSINTHE DRIP RECIPE

Absinthe is a semi-popular and notorious spirit, mostly due to the fact that it has such a high ABV (ranging from 40% – 90%). As a result, you’ll see most people consume Absinthe as a shot. 

While consuming Absinthe as a shot or in the classic Sazerac cocktail are common serves, the traditional and most popular serve is the Absinthe Drip cocktail. 

The Absinthe drip recipe was popular up until the First World War, after which the spirit was then made illegal in numerous countries around the world – more on this later. 

The Absinthe drip is a simple cocktail made up of very few ingredients.

As Absinthe is such a strong spirit and is noticeably bitter, the sugar and water are used to dilute and sweeten the drink and this can be modified to individual preferences. 

The tools needed for this cocktail can be quite specific, especially when you consider the need for equipment all has the name “Absinthe” in them:

  • Absinthe Spoon
  • Absinthe Fountain
  • Absinthe Glass

All of this can be substituted though to save you buying equipment, especially for use with just one cocktail! 

The fountain can be replaced with a drinks dispenser, the Absinthe glass can be replaced with a cocktail glass and even the spoon can be replaced with a teaspoon. 

DID YOU KNOW

Absinthe was initially thought to give hallucinogenic effects and was incredibly popular among artists and creatives. 

It’s said that when Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear it was due to the hallucinogenic effects of Absinthe. 

Absinthe had such a bad reputation that it was banned in many parts of the world, with the most notable being a country-wide ban in the United States. 

It has since been debunked and likely the reason why people thought it was hallucinogenic in nature is because of how strong the alcohol content is. From 2007, people of America can once again ‘legally’ enjoy this intriguing spirit.  

EXPERT TIP

If using an Absinthe fountain and hosting guests, you can allow the guest to control the length of time that you drip water over the cocktail and dilute the Absinthe. 

The shorter period of time that you drip the water, the more bitter the drink will taste and the less diluted (stronger) the final cocktail will be.

The longer you drip water – ideally, until the sugar cube has fully dissolved – the less bitter and more palatable the cocktail will be. 

For a perfect serve, fully dissolve the sugar cube and ensure the Absinthe is a milky/cloudy colour.

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