[WATCH] The Green Fairy: The History of Absinthe


Absinthe, the licorice flavored, bright green spirit has a history riddled with rumor, mystery, and intrigue. It's only recently made it's way back onto drink and cocktail menus after being banned by the United States and several European Countries for over 100 years! Learn more about the former health elixir in our video, and check out some drink recipes below!




The Sazerac hails from New Orleans and is rumored to be the oldest known cocktail from America. It's served straight up, and requires a little extra glass-ware and strainer but it's well worth it. 



  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1 1/2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 barspoon absinthe
  • 2-3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  • Lemon peel
  • 1 cup of Ice cubes (set aside 2 cubes)

Fill an old-fashioned glass with about 1 cup ice and set aside to chill. In second old-fashioned glass, stir together sugar, bitters, and 1/2 teaspoon water until sugar is dissolved (about 30 seconds). Add the rye whiskey and 2 ice cubes. Take the first glass and dump the ice, then add the absinthe and roll the glass so that the absinthe rinses the inside of the old-fashioned. Toss the excess. Strain the whiskey mixture into the chilled absinthe coated glass. Squeeze the lemon peel over the glass (you can also rub the peel on the rim). Drop the peel in and enjoy!


Find a list of over 100 more absinthe cocktails here. Do you have an absinthe cocktail on your menu? Drop us a line and tell us how it is in the comments below!