Absinthe Cocktails – 5 of the Best

Absinthe Cocktails – 5 of the Best!

Absinthe Cocktails - 5 of the Best
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Absinthe amongst many others is a very versatile spirit which is why we love absinthe cocktails and want to share with you 5 of the best. We are very fond of absinthe here at The Pocket Hip Flask Co and so, if you are too, we know that you will love these drinks. Just remember though that Absinthe is rather strong and so although very easy to drink, not the best idea to drink too many. We would not advise trying all of the cocktails in one day. However much you may want to!

We have tried to keep the cocktails relativity simple however feel free to experiment and add your own flavours or change the quantities about to suit your tastes. Let’s get started shall we?!

The Absinthe Drip

Absinthe Cocktails - 5 of the Best - The Absinthe Drip
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We thought that we would start off with the classic. There is a misconception about how absinthe should be drunk and we shall clarify that for you now. Thanks to Hollywood, many think that the sugar used for an classic drip should be set alight so that it melts into the shot.. Wrong – well not wrong exactly but not how it is meant to be drunk.  Here we will tell you how it is meant to be drunk;

1.5oz absinthe (1 shot)
1 sugar cube
Iced water

How to make:
If you have an absinth glass then great however if not use any glass that you like. Pour the absinthe into your chosen glass.
Rest the absinthe spoon over the rim of the glass and set the sugar cube on top. You can use a regular spoon too.
Next you need to very slowly drip the iced water onto the sugar cube until the cube dissolves. Very slowly is key otherwise you end up with a very watered down drink. The ratio should be about 4:1 water to absinthe. Now sit back, relax and enjoy.

Absinthe Frappe

Another simple yet delectable cocktail which is just wonderful on warm summer days. Delicious all year round actually.. Believe it or not this drink used to be a favourite of folk in New Orleans as a morning beverage. Why not I guess.


1.5oz absinthe (1 shot)
0.5oz syrup (1:1 Sugar and water)
2oz soda water
4-6 Mint leaves

How to make:

Pop the mint and syrup into a cocktail shaker and muddle. If you have a muddler then fine otherwise use anything that you have to smoosh the leaves a little.
Next add the ice and then the absinthe to the shaker and shake, shake, shake.
Pour the chilled mix into a glass filled with crushed ice. Aahh, refreshing.

Death in the Afternoon


Not as bad as it sounds but very easy to drink. Once you have one you want more and more. This can lead to drunkenness and a very bad hangovers. Worth it though.
Invented by Ernest Hemingway this is a great simple cocktail. Ernest recommends drinking 3 to 4 of these slowly. Hhhhm perhaps not 5, not until you get used to it anyway.


1.5oz absinthe (1 shot)
Champagne (Prosecco works too)

How to make:

Pour your absinthe into a champagne flute and then top up with champagne. That’s it – drink and enjoy. Yummy!

 Dr Funk


The original version of this bright and spritzy cocktail was invented by a German physician Bernhard Funk. This version is slightly more alcoholic – oops. I came across a Dr Funk related fact and thought it was interesting so I thought I would share. Dr Funk was the physician and friend of one of my favourite authors, Robert Louis Stephenson. This has nothing at all to do with the drink but, nevermind.


1.5oz white rum (1 shot)
2 tsp absinthe
0.5oz grenadine
0.75oz fresh lime juice
1oz soda water
Lime wheel and cocktail umbrella for garnish

How to make:

Add all ingredients except the soda water and garnish into a shaker loaded with ice. Shakey, shakey, shake and then strain to a glass with ice. Add the garnish and voila a bright, pretty and tasty beverage.

NB: If you are not fond of rum or want to make it a little less boozy. Omit the rum and double the amount of absinthe. Or you can drop the rum, replace with absinthe and add an additional amount of soda water.

Seapea Fizz

Fear not, this is not another champagne recipe. I know personally when I see something fizz on the cocktail menu, 9 times out of 10 is has prosecco or the like in. Not this time my friends. This is a cocktail named after composer and song writer Cole Porter. Apparently the seapea mimics Cole’s initials C.P.  A drink that is said to have been invented in 1934. Punchy but not knock you on your ass punchy.

Ingredients:Green Absinthe Eye 8oz Stainless Steel Hip Flasks

3/4oz absinthe
3/4oz syrup (1:1 Sugar and water)
3/4oz lemon juice – fresh is best but bottled is fine too
1 egg white
Soda water

How to make: 

Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and give it a good ole shake.  Add ice to the shaker and then shake until well chilled. Strain into a glass and then add the soda water. Stunning! Great for parties or just for yourself..

Now there you have our top 5 absinthe cocktails which we think you really should try. There are many makes of absinthe out there but just pick the one that you like the best. These cocktails all work with any kind so it doesn’t have to be expensive. We would recommend through, if you can, buying distilled absinthe as it is nicer and fresher.

When off to a party t is always nice to take a hip flask full of absinthe just in case you get the opportunity to impress folk with some amazing cocktails. If no one wants cocktails then you can drink the gorgeous drink direct from your hip flask and have it all to yourself.

If you enjoyed reading this article, why not read our others on absinthe.

Absinthe – An Acquired Taste

Absinthe Production