The New Orleans Bourbon Festival blew me away. And, having a crew of 50 or more Bourbon Women made it like a reunion. I can't wait until next year. While traipsing around the French Quarter we would up in one of the oldest bars in the area, the Absinthe House. It had a delectable list of absinthes, and if my check liver light hadn't already been on, I would have stayed the entire afternoon. My Mom was with me on her first trip to New Orleans. She ordered an Absinthe Frappe, a light, airy, minty absinthe drink. It was fun and refreshing, completely unexpected.
So, when we got back to Kentucky, I decided to see if I could recreate it. It is so simple and easy, and it is a perfect refreshing summer drink. But I'll be honest, I won't just drink this in summer. This was one of the simplest recipes I came across for it. The crushed or pebble ice is crucial to getting the right light licorice taste.
1 oz absinthe
1/2 oz simple syrup
seltzer water to top
Take a few leaves of mint and rub the inside of the rocks glass thoroughly. Discard the mint leaves. Fill with crushed ice, the absinthe and the simple syrup. Swirl a few times with the barspoon and top with a little seltzer water. Take fresh mint sprig, spank it and tuck it in the cocktail right next to the straw. Enjoy!
Heather Wibbels is a whiskey enthusiast (Executive Bourbon Steward, no less) with a passion for cocktails. She loves researching cocktails, making cocktails and drinking cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location. For more information about her favorite whiskey group, head over to Bourbon Women and join the women's whiskey revolution!