Blog post 10/9/2013

I am a single gummy bear. I am small, and there is only one of me. But… I am 85% absinthe.

(I am sadly no longer available. I was formerly made in single-serving portions by Tailor’s Candy Shop in NYC, which has since closed.)

absinthe-gummybears

Having a beautiful absinthe glass and spoon for your Lucid isn’t necessary, but it sure is elegant.

absinthe with fancy spoon

The always lovely green fairy. She takes many forms.

absinthe-jaymie

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Lucid Absinthe Blog 4/22/2013

Free absinthe samples and Mediterranean food tasting: Alma Nove @ 8 PM today. Address: 22 Shipyard Drive, Hingham, MA. The restaurant has an absinthe fountain, and there will be a discussion of absinthe history and a debunking of absinthe myths.

alma absinthe

Looking for some delicious absinthe drinks? A useful book to have is “A Taste for Absinthe: 65 Recipes for Classic and Contemporary Cocktails.” Amazon reviewers describe it as “a fun read with some great drinks” and “one word: yum”

A Taste For Absinthe book

Craving something sweet? Jeni’s Ice Creams makes a rather scrumptious looking pint of absinthe ice cream.

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For Your Sweet Tooth: Absinthe Ganache

Warning: this dessert is extremely delicious.

absinthe ganache delicious

Ingredients:

  • 60ml Lucid Absinthe
  • 220g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids or higher), broken into pieces
  • 15g unsalted butter
  • 120ml imported English double cream (available at Whole Foods)
  • pinch of sea salt

Preparation:

  • Put the chocolate, salt and butter into a bowl and set aside.
  • Heat the cream in a bain-marie until it starts to simmer.
  • Remove from the heat and add the chocolate and butter, stirring to bring together and melt the chocolate.
  • Slowly pour in the absinthe, stirring to bring it together. If it starts to split, return to a very low heat, stirring well.
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Then toast a handful of pecans on a baking sheet for 6 mins or until aromatic and browning.
  • To assemble, put a cake on a small plate, drizzle with absinthe chocolate sauce and dust with pecans. Dust with powdered sugar too if you like.

Source:

  • Lily Vanilli’s Sweet Tooth, available from Cannongate books, 2012

The Death At Dusk Cocktail

This cocktail is both delicious and beautiful to behold.

death dusk
Ingredients:

  • ¼ ounce Lucid Absinthe
  • ½ ounce crème de violette
  • 5 ounces sparkling wine
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Preparation:

  • Combine the crème de violette and wine
  • Float the absinthe on top
  • Add maraschino cherry as garnish

Absinthe Sweets

Is your sweet tooth craving? Try these delicious absinthe sweets.

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If you are handy in the kitchen, then try baking cookies with a Lucid Absinthe glaze. The awesome recipe is here.

 

 

nunu-chocolates

For those of you in the U.S., Nunu Chocolates makes the popular Absinthe Delight chocolate, available here.

 

Artemisia absinthe chocolate

Another option for anyone in the U.S. craving chocolate is Artemisia’s spicy absinthe chocolate.

 

villars absinthe chocolate

If you live in the European Union, you can purchase Villars Swiss absinthe chocolate, consisting of 8.5% absinthe.

 

Absinthe-Topped Ice Cream

Recipe and photograph courtesy of Lucid Absinthe fan Jeph Blanchard
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Lucid Absinthe fan Jeph Blanchard made this absinthe-topped ice cream, which he describes as “wicked good.” He reduced Lucid to syrup using a sauce pan, added a little sugar, and drizzled it over three generous scoops of vanilla. In other words:

ABSINTHE-TOPPED ICE CREAM

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 shots of Lucid Absinthe
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • Ice cream

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix the Lucid Absinthe and the sugar
  2. Pour the mixture into a sauce pan and stir over heat until the mixture is reduced to syrup
  3. Drizzle the syrup over ice cream
  4. Enjoy being in heaven

Maiden’s Blush Lucid Absinthe cocktail

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Ingredients:
  • 1/4 ounce Lucid Absinthe
  • 1 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1/ 2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce raspberry shrub
  • lemon wheel (for garnish)
Directions:
  • Pour the Lucid Absinthe into a chilled glass
  • Swirl the contents to coat the inside of the glass, and discard the extra absinthe
  • Combine gin, lemon juice, and raspberry shrub in a cocktail shaker filled with ice
  • Shake well
  • Strain into the absinthe rinsed glass, and serve garnished with a lemon wheel

“Remember the Maine” Lucid Absinthe cocktail

Absinthe cocktail - Remember The Maine

This cocktail is named after the USS Maine, which was the U.S. Navy’s second commissioned battleship. Commissioned in 1895, it was sunk by an explosion in 1898, while in Havana Harbor, Cuba, an event which precipitated The Spanish–American War, and the patriotic American rallying cry:  “Remember the Maine! To Hell with Spain!”

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz rye
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 bar-spoons cherry heering
  • 1/2 bar-spoon Lucid absinthe

Directions:

  • Combine ingredients by stirring quickly

Note: photo originally from Adventures in Cocktails

“The Earthquake” Absinthe Cocktail by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Lautrec

This recipe is an update of an original recipe created by the great painter and absinthe drinker, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. It is called “The Earthquake” due to the drink’s strength.

Earthquake

Photo by Anna-Lucia Stone

Ingredients:

  • Lucid Absinthe
  • Cognac

Preparation:

  • Mix absinthe and cognac together in an absinthe glass at a ratio of 1 part absinthe to 1 part cognac.
  • Mix thoroughly to ensure drink consistency.
  • Gradually add iced water, exactly as with a traditional absinthe preparation.
  • Enjoy!