When absinthe first arrived in the United States from Europe in the 1800s, it was an instant hit, particularly in booze-centric New Orleans where a number of absinthe-laced classics—like the Sazerac—were born. Another drink to come out of the era was the Absinthe Frappé, a chilled, mint-infused take on the traditional Absinthe Drip. Supposedly, the drink was invented in 1874 by Cayetano Ferrer, a Big Easy bartender working at The Old Absinthe House. Up until 1912, when the spirit was banned in the United States, the Frappé was a popular drink, particularly during the morning hours.
- Muddle the mint leaves with simple syrup in the bottom of a shaker.
- Add ice and absinthe.
- Shake and strain into an absinthe or rocks glass over crushed ice.
- Top with soda water and more crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.
In terms of the Mojito’s history, we know it was invented in Cuba and that’s about it. The most oft-repeated origin story has the Mojito refreshing the 16th century’s most colorful privateer/slaver/admiral/politician Sir Francis Drake. Apparently the captain and his crew were plagued by dysentery and scurvy during their raids on the Spanish N...