Matthew Kelly/Supercall

Absinthe • Sweet
The Perilous Potation

Dear reader, I'm sorry to inform you that this is not a happy cocktail recipe, filled with boisterous berries, sensational syrups or merry mixers. No, this is a cocktail born of calamity, a word which here means "a tragedy for which one can most certainly blame Count Olaf." This cocktail is made with infamous absinthe, ominously smoking herbs and charcoal powder as black as a mysteriously burned down mansion. While you may be tempted to sip this drink whilst binging the trials of the Baudelaire orphans in the A Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix series, I must warn you to tread lightly—this Very Flammable Drink bears the mark of vile villainy.

The Essentials

Egg White
Activated Charcoal
The Details
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1.5 oz absinthe
.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.