“At the first cold sip on your fevered lip, you determine to live through the day.” So went the ode, “Absinthe Frappé,” from the 1904 musical, It Happened in Nordland. This drink hails from a time when absinthe was a highly popular aperitif (pre-1912 ban) and a morning pick-me-up. Simple, icy and strong, the frappé is a less fussy alternative to the pomp and circumstance of traditional absinthe service.
- 1 ounce absinthe
- 1/4 - 1/2 ounce simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)
- 2 dashes anisette (optional)
- 1-2 ounces chilled water
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice and shake until chilled.
- Pour into a rocks or Collins glass over crushed or pebble ice. Top with additional ice.