Absinthe certainly isn’t the first spirit that comes to mind when you think of brunch, but it became a morningtime favorite when the Absinthe Frappé was introduced at NOLA’s Old Absinthe House in 1874. A mix of the green fairy, simple syrup, soda water and fresh mint, the refreshing libation is a softer take on the Absinthe Drip.
But for some, even that tame concoction can be too much to handle, with its potent hit of high-proof alcohol and deeply bitter, herbal notes. And to those who fear the fairy, even when laced with mint, we say, “Hold on, we got you.”
Because we love the Absinthe Frappé and want you to love it too, we found four bartenders from New York and California who are making versions of the drink that can be sipped with ease—in fact, all of these drinks are downright chuggable. Incorporating things like brandy, aquavit, aromatized wine and citrus, their versions stay true to the cocktail’s original spirit, while giving it extra oomph and ridiculous drinkability. All of these cocktails are not only delicious, but also a great way to introduce cocktail hour guests to absinthe without scaring them off.