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Absinthe • Bitter
Ice and Snow

There’s no doubt that the Absinthe Frappé is a fantastic cocktail, but its makeup is quite simple (absinthe, mint, simple syrup, soda water). So Aaron Polsky, bar manager of Los Angeles’ Harvard & Stone, decided to shake things up a bit. “Not only is this a more interesting take on the Absinthe Frappé, it’s also more accessible palate-wise,” he says. His version adds caraway-tinged aquavit for deep spice notes and Giffard Apricot Brandy, which gives the drink a lip-smacking, caramelized sweetness. Lime juice brightens the mix for a crowd-pleasing cocktail that would make for an excellent first sip at your next dinner party.

The Essentials

Lime Juice
Apricot Brandy
The Details
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1 oz Absinthe
.5 oz Aquavit
.75 oz Lime Juice
.5 oz Apricot Brandy
.5 oz Simple Syrup
1 dash Orange Bitters
Star anise pod, for garnish


  • Add all ingredients save for the garnish to a shaker tin with ice.
  • Shake and strain into a coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a star anise pod.