Absinthe Frappé Recipe

Absinthe Frappé
Photo for Will Shenton

The Absinthe Frappé is a classic, refreshing absinthe drink that’s great for cooling down on a hot summer day, and it makes for a more straightforward alternative to the traditional method of absinthe preparation with an ice-water drip. It packs a bit of a punch simply due to the high proof of most absinthes, but the crushed ice and water take the edge off of the strongest flavors. If you want a bit of effervescence, you can use soda water instead of still water—just make sure to add it after you shake.


1-1.5 oz absinthe
0.25-0.5 oz simple syrup
1-2 oz chilled water or soda water

Preparation: How to make an Absinthe Frappé

  1. Add all ingredients (except soda water if you're using it) to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
  2. Strain into an absinthe glass filled with crushed ice.
  3. If using soda water, top with soda.
  4. Top with more crushed ice and serve with a straw.
Absinthe Frappé