Matthew Kelly/Supercall

Absinthe • Sweet
The Perilous Potation

The Essentials

Egg White
Activated Charcoal
The Details
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1.5 oz Absinthe, plus extra
.5 oz Orgeat
1 Egg White
1 oz Heavy Cream
1 Capsule Activated Charcoal
Angostura Bitters, for garnish
Small bundle of fennel fronds, 2 star anise, 2 cinnamon sticks


  • Prepare the stencil for the garnish, tracing the iconic eye tattoo onto cardstock and cutting it out with an x-acto knife.
  • Pour approximately .25 oz of bitters in a spritzer bottle along with a tiny pinch of activated charcoal, and shake to combine.
  • Dry shake the absinthe, orgeat, egg white, cream and charcoal in a shaker for 1-2 minutes, then add ice and shake until chilled.
  • On a wooden board or metal plate, make a small bundle of star anise, fennel fronds and cinnamon sticks in a bonfire formation. Drizzle with a little absinthe, and ignite with a long lighter. Extinguish with an upturned coupe, so that the glass fills with smoke.
  • Remove the coupe from the board and immediately strain the cocktail into it.
  • Place stencil over cocktail and spritz with bitters, then remove stencil and serve.