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 cocktail enthusiast who spends her time thinking about cocktails, researching cocktails and making cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location.