Toast to National Absinthe Day

Can’t get enough of absinthe or have yet to sample the anise-flavored spirit? Try a glass of the green fairy on March 5th in honor of National Absinthe Day.

National Absinthe Day has been celebrated since 2007, the year when Lucid Absinthe became the first true absinthe to be approved for distribution in the United States since 1912.

Lucid Absinthe Supérieure is distilled from grande wormwood, green anise, sweet fennel and other European herbs. It is naturally green in color.

Celebrate National Absinthe Day with absinthe served the traditional way (with water and a sugar cube), or try one of these cocktails:

The Green Lantern

1 oz. Lucid Absinthe
1½  oz. Midori
Ginger Ale
Garnish: 2-3 muddled limes and long green lime spiral

In a rocks glass, muddle lime wedges. Add ice, Midori and Lucid and transfer to a shaker. Shake thoroughly and return into rocks glass. Add ginger ale and lime spiral.

Lucid Frappe

1 oz. Lucid Absinthe
½ oz. Simple Syrup
6 to 8 Fresh Mint Leaves
1 oz. Soda Water

Muddle mint leaves in the bottom of a frappe style glass. Add absinthe, simple syrup and fill with crushed ice. Pour mixture into shaker and shake vigorously. Pour contents into glass, top with splash of soda water and garnish with mint sprig.

Van Gogh’s Garden

1½ oz. Lucid
½ oz. Simple Syrup
Club Soda
Kiwi Fruit
Cucumber
Garnish: muddled cucumber, kiwi fruit on the bottom, kiwi wheel on rim

Muddle two cucumber wheels & two peeled kiwi wheels with the simple syrup in a double rocks glass. Fill with ice and add the Lucid. Top with club soda and add an un-peeled kiwi wheel on the rim.

AWOL

1 oz. Lucid Absinthe
1 oz. Melon Liqueur
1½ oz. Lemonade
½ oz. Sweet and Sour Mix

Squeeze lime and drop into shaker. Shake ingredients and strain into martini glass. Float with 2/3 Sprite and 1/3 soda. Garnish with lime.

The Traditional Way to Serve Absinthe

Pour 1¼ to 1½ oz. of Lucid into a chalice glass. Rest the slotted spoon across the rim of the glass and place the sugar cube atop the spoon.*

Slowly drip ice-cold water over the sugar cube, dissolving it into the absinthe. The cold water causes Lucid to louche (“loosh”), a process in which the distilled herbal essences “blossom” into an opalescent cloud, the essence and flavors come to life and perfume the air.

The louching is done when the water and Lucid have become completely cloudy and opaque. Sip and enjoy.

*Sugar cube is optional. Water may be added directly to absinthe.

photos credit: Lucid Absinthe