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One Bottle, Three Ways

One Bottle, Three Ways

Posted on Oct 17th 2023

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One Bottle, 3 Ways (Part 1) 


It’s always exciting when you discover a new cocktail recipe. I recently came across a recipe for Joy Division, a riff on a gin martini with the addition of Absinthe and Cointreau. I already owned all the ingredients except for the Absinthe. I started looking for other recipes that called for Absinthe so the bottle wouldn’t just die in the back of my bar cabinet. Here’s what I found: 


The Bottle: St. George Absinthe Verte 

3 Ways: 

Joy Division 
When a martini gets a glow-up. Citrus and botanicals along with the juniper-forward gin bring are given a warm backdrop from the small amount of absinthe.  
2 oz Beefeater London Dry Gin  
1 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth 
½ ounce Cointreau 
3 dashes St. George Absinthe Verte 
Garnish: Lemon Twist 

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and stir until well chilled. 
Strain into a cocktail coupe and garnish.

Death in the Afternoon 
Here the Absinthe is the star. The crisp sparkling offers balance to the St George’s heady, herbal notes. 
1.5 oz St George Absinthe Verte 
4 oz Kraemer Blanc de Blanc Brut NV 

Pour sparkling wine into a flute and top with absinthe.  

When used as a rinse – it becomes the equivalent to a perfect perfume or cologne…lingering before and after each sip. 

.25 oz St. George Absinthe Verte 
2 oz Far North Roknar Surdyk’s Single Barrel Rye Whiskey 
1 sugar cube 
3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters 
Garnish: Lemon Twist 
In a mixing glass, place the sugar cube and add the 3 dashes of bitters. Crush the sugar cube with a muddler. Add the rye whiskey with ice and stir until well chilled. Pour the absinthe into an Old-Fashioned glass and turn to coat all sides. Discard any remaining liquid. Strain the Whiskey/bitters/sugar mixture into the absinthe-rinsed glass and garnish with the lemon peel. 

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