Chantal Tseng, Reading Room | Washington, D.C.

The original Earthquake recipe consisting of equal parts Cognac and absinthe is commonly credited to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the influential French Post-Impressionist and early advocate of American cocktail culture. Chantal Tseng tweaks the recipe to be two parts Cognac to one part absinthe, and finishes the drink with a lemon twist, which lends a crisper, drier finish.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces Cognac, preferably Hardy VSOP
  • 1 ounce absinthe, preferably Lucid

Garnish: lemon twist

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over cracked ice and stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled Georgian punch glass.
  3. Garnish with expressed lemon peel.

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