Absinthe is a very special type of liquor. With a green colour and anise-flavor, absinthe is made from specially curated botanicals like wormwood, fennel, anise, and other rare herbs. This liquor was banned in many countries for many years. It was illegal in the US between 1912 to 2007.

Its popularity grew from the 1840s when it became associated with criminal activities. It was thought to be halogenic and that is the reason for its banning. But modern research has confirmed that it is no more harmful than any other liquor.

Absinthe has a very distinct herbal flavour and a strong black licorice finish. Here are three cocktails you can make to enjoy absinthe.

Death in the Afternoon

This iridescent green cocktail is a deadly combination of absinthe and champagne. The famous writer Ernst Hemingway is credited for the creation of this drink. To make this sparkly drink, you’ll need two tablespoons of absinthe, one to two teaspoons of simple syrup, and half a cup of champagne or Proseco. Add all the liquors to a coupe glass, stir and enjoy!

Corpse Reviver

The Corpse Reviver is a classic absinthe cocktail. Dosed with complex flavours, it’s perfectly tarte, crisp, and well-balanced. The drink is as unique as its name. To make this, you’ll need gin, absinthe, grand marnier, lemon juice and dry vermouth.

In a cocktail shaker, add one-ounce gin, one-ounce lemon juice, one-ounce Grand Marnier, one-ounce dry vermouth, and half teaspoon absinthe. Shake and serve in a glass with an orange twist.

Sazerac

A concoction of rye whisky and absinthe invented in New Orleans, this drink is unlike other brown drinks. This cocktail packs a powerful and exotic punch. To prepare this, you need to gather a teaspoon of absinthe, three tablespoons of cognac, and two tablespoons of rye whisky. In a glass, stir all the liquors and simple syrup according to taste. Garnish with a lemon twist and top with soda if needed.