Absinthe Old-Fashioned Recipe

Absinthe Old-Fashioned
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Invented by bartender Doug Petry of Rye in Louisville, Kentucky, this cocktail truly stretches the boundaries of its namesake. While it presents a soft color palette (reddish Peychaud’s bitters floated atop milky white absinthe), the Absinthe Old-Fashioned packs a punch. If you didn’t already have enough reasons to make a pilgrimage to Kentucky and explore its cocktail scene, this one alone is worth the trip.


1.5 oz Kübler absinthe
1 oz simple syrup
.5 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
3-4 dashes Peychaud's bitters

Preparation: How to make an Absinthe Old-Fashioned

  1. Combine all the ingredients (except the Peychaud's bitters) in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into an Old-Fashioned glass over a large chunk of ice.
  3. Float the Peychaud's bitters on top.
Absinthe Old-Fashioned