Absinthe Frappe, let’s have a look at #100Classics

Absinthe Frappe, let’s have a look at #100Classics

Speak to any bartender, liquid historian, beverage writer or blogger alike and you will find conflicting (his)stories and origins of most cocktails.

Depending on which side of the Atlantic Ocean you are from, the history changes again. Recipe’s vary with each variable (hi)story.

We all seem to agree with one fact though; that bar and beverage history is steeped in alcohol and is a little drunk with the facts.

This post, and 99 after this, inspired by Camper English’s post, earlier this year. Which provided us with a delicious, but even farther, variations on the classics.

The Absinthe Frappe is a cocktail with the rich and mysterious history of the “Green Fairy” and the lore of the times of legal hallucinations.

A light scour of the internet will have the New Orléans Online edition with mint and soda.

David Wondrich, in his historical simplicity, gives us what is likely the original with 3 ingredients; super fine sugar, water, and good absinthe.

Or have a look at this classic tune from 1904;

When life seems grey and dark the dawn, and you are through,
There is, they say, on such a morn, one thing to do:
Rise up and ring, a bell-boy call to you straight-way,
And bid him bring a cold and tall absinthe frappé!

 Absinthe Frappe

 Today, we made two simple yet delicious variations.

Absinthe Frappe #1

1.5 oz La Fee Absinthe Parisienne

3 dashes Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Bitters Spanish Bitters

1 bar spoon Raw Powdered Sugar

 1/4 Lemon Juiced

1 Lemon Rind

Add ingredients, without the rind into a shaker tin, shake hard and strain loosely with chunks into coupe or cocktail glass. 

La Fee Absinthe

@realabsinthe provided by ‏@KensingtonWM

Absinthe Frappe #2

1.5 oz La Fee Absinthe Parisienne

2 dashes Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Bitters Boker’s Bitters

1 bar spoon Raw Powdered Sugar

 .75 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice

1 Lemon Rind


#BLASPHEMY! Some would say, but this cocktail was visually pleasing, delicious and modern. The pineapple added an exotic note and did not take away from the delicious Absinthe.

This cocktail is like most in the CLASSIC Category, it has an endless amount of variations with modern quality ingredients. Don’t fear variations with this one. The Absinthe is powerful and offers a great palate for addition and subtraction.

Aside from not liking soda in this, I found very little that made this cocktail “bad”.

This major classic and it is just old enough that it is NEW again.


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