Absinthe Cocktails
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Featured drink at this year's Absinthe bar at Burning Man . [IMAGE]   [IMAGE]An absinthe pousse-cafe flambe. 6-layers: grenadine, butterscotch schnapps, blue curacao, creme de banana, creme de menthe, absinthe. Flame on!

Drinks for a nice long absinthe party. Except for the Absinthe Suissesse, all of these are established drinks with homemade absinthe substituted for the original booze.

Absinthe Suissesse

2 oz absinthe
One splash anisette
1/2 oz white creme de menthe
One raw egg white

Named in honor of a "Swiss Girl," make this one by pouring everything into your cocktail mixer with ice and shaking vigorously, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. If you can't find white creme de menthe, use clear creme de menthe and add a splash of heavy cream (it's supposed to be white-ish). If it is still too strong, add a splash of club soda.
My personal variation: pour over white ice cubes in a glass goblet. Dust with nutmeg, and garnish with a sprig of fresh wormwood, two green straws, and a Swiss flag. Make the white ice cubes by pouring a little milk into the ice cube tray with water and freezing well ahead of time.

Absinthe Margarita

2 oz absinthe
Sour mix
1/2 oz Gran Marnier or triple sec
Lime juice
wedge lime
Splash tequila

Just substitute absinthe for tequila. Salt the rim, fill glass with ice. Pour in the absinthe and sour mix. Splash in some tequila just to kill the ordor and taste of the absinthe. Float the triple sec. Garnish with lime. Salud!

Cajun Mary

2 oz absinthe
Bloody Mary mix (spicy tomato juice)
Splash tobasco sauce
Splash worchestershire sauce
Salt and pepper
1 jumbo shrimp

My favorite bloody mary variation made with absinthe: Fill cocktail glass with ice. Pour in absinthe and bloody mary mix. Add the worchestershire and tobasco. Salt and pepper it. Garnish with the shrimp. For a great impression, use brown ice cubes made with worchestershire dribbled into the water in an ice tray and frozen ahead of time.

Bloody Brain

1 oz absinthe
1/2 oz amaretto
Bailey's or other Irish cream liqueur

Substituting absinthe for 151 rum: In a shot glass, start with the amaretto. Then using the back of a spoon, dribble the absinthe down the inside of the glass, layering it on top of the amaretto. Using the spoon again, slowly pour in the Bailey's, letting it curl into a cloud on top of the amaretto. Sprinkle a couple drops of grenadine {"blood") on top. It should look vaguely like a brain floating in formaldehyde. (Also known as a "Brain Hemorrage"). Best tossed back in one gulp. An awesome way to serve absinthe shots.

Get the idea? Other yummy absinthe variations on popular drinks:

Black Orchid: substitute absinthe for the vodka (Make some blue ice cubes by dribbling blue curacao into an ice tray with water. Way cool looking, and delicious, too.)
Black Devil: substitute absinthe for the rum. Vermouth is white wine flavored with wormwood, y'know.
Dirty Martini: substitute absinthe for the gin. Basically, same as above with a splash of brine from the olive jar. Makes you say, "Ugh."
Screaming Banshee: substitute absinthe for the vodka (basically a shot of absinthe added to a Banshee).
Frappe (Hawaiian ice): absinthe over shaved ice with the flavoring of your choice (lime juice, pineapple juice, grenadine, etc.)

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