Once per month cocktail fiends band together to create a booze-soaked collection of cocktail recipes for Mixology Monday. This month’s host is Sonja of Thinking of Drinking, who chose absinthe as the theme. From Sonja –
The topic for February is Absinthe. That much maligned, misunderstood, mistreated spirit, suddenly plentiful again in the US and other parts of the world. Absinthe played a role, whether large or small, in a variety of great cocktails from the 1800s and early 1900s – the Sazerac, Absinthe Suissesse, Corpse Reviver No. 2… I’m getting thirsty. So let’s celebrate absinthe’s history, and it’s future, with all manner of cocktails using absinthe.
I drink my fair share of Sazeracs and Corpse Revivers, and for good reason – they’re delicious. But I wanted a drink that showcases absinthe as more than just a rinse or dash; and rather than going the route of an Absinthe Frappe, I decided to meet absinthe halfway. So for this round of Mixology Monday, I’ve pulled out a cocktail that uses just enough absinthe to lightly slap you in the face, without knocking your teeth out – the Chrysanthemum Cocktail.
This little fellow is one of the few cocktails that uses vermouth as its main ingredient. In fact, it uses a hearty two ounces of vermouth. Joined by one ounce of Benedictine and a teaspoon of absinthe, the Chrysanthemum comes together beautifully. The floral vermouth tempers the strong flavors of the Benedictine and absinthe without being lost in the shuffle.
The Chrysanthemum Cocktail
Stir with ice until cold, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a wide strip of orange peel.