The Dramatis Personae is my Cocktail Whisperer’s riff on the Vieux Carré, the classic New Orleans cocktail. My version calls for belly-friendly Creole bitters, and uses calvados, or apple brandy, in place of cognac. Sound like an unusual cast of characters? It gets better. Enter a spritz of Infused Absinthe, stage right.
Finish the Dramatis Personae by pouring a little Infused Absinthe into an atomizer or spray bottle, and topping the drink with just a whiff of the medicated spirit. When you’re infusing your absinthe, try an Indica strain like Mr. Nice. It’s earthy and sweet, with pungent aromatics that enhance the aniseed and herbal notes in the absinthe.
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|Marijuana smoke, to flavor|
|0.5 oz (15 ml) rye whiskey|
|0.5 oz (15 ml) sweet vermouth|
|0.25 oz calvados|
|3-4 dashes Creole-style bitters|
|2-3 dashes aromatic bitters|
|Spritz of infused absinthe|
Preparation: How to make a Dramatis Personae
- Before you fill your mixing glass with ice, turn it upside down and burn some cannabis under it in order to fill it with smoke.
- Turn it right side up, and immediately fill it three-quarters full with ice (now you’ve made smoked ice!).
- Add all the other ingredients except the absinthe, and stir fifty times.
- Strain into a pre-chilled glass, and finish with a spritz of Infused Absinthe.