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A Taste for Absinthe

65 Recipes for Classic and Contemporary Cocktails

Written by R. Winston GuthrieAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by R. Winston Guthrie and James F. ThompsonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by James F. Thompson
Photographed by Liza GershmanAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Liza Gershman
Foreword by Dale DeGroffAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Dale DeGroff


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On Sale: July 18, 2012
Pages: 176 | ISBN: 978-0-7704-3431-1
Published by : Clarkson Potter Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
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Absinthe’s renaissance is quickly growing into a culinary movement. The “Green Fairy” is now showing up on cocktail menus at chic restaurants around the country. A Taste for Absinthe celebrates this storied and complex liquor by bringing you 65 cocktail recipes from America’s hottest mixologists to enjoy as you discover the spirit that has fascinated artists, musicians, and writers for centuries.

Absinthe expert R. Winston Guthrie shares the intriguing history of this famous beverage and a wide range of absinthe cocktails crafted by celebrated bartenders such as Jim Meehan of New York’s PDT, Erik Adkins of San Francisco’s Slanted Door, and Eric Alperin of The Varnish in Los Angeles. In addition to the recipes—such as the Salute to Sazerac (with rye whiskey, Angostura bitters, and lemon peel) and the Green Goddess (fresh basil leaves, cucumber vodka, simple syrup, line juice, and fresh thyme)—you will find:


- a primer on the accoutrements (spoons, glasses, fountains) for serving absinthe
- a how-to on executing your own absinthe drip
- a guide to buying the best-quality absinthe (whether imported or domestic)
- a lesson on how to discern between real absinthe and fake
- sidebars on absinthe’s rich history 

Whether you want to learn everything you need to know to host “L’Heure Verte” (the Green Hour) and impress your friends with your beautiful accoutrements and practiced pouring technique, or just make a really delicious drink, A Taste for Absinthe will bring you up to speed on the most talked about liquor in history.


Green Goddess
5 fresh basil leaves
1½ ounces Square One Cucumber Organic vodka
½ ounce simple syrup
½ ounce fresh lime juice
¼ ounce absinthe
1 sprig of fresh thyme 
Muddle the basil in a cocktail shaker until all the leaves are bruised. Add the vodka, simple syrup, lime juice, absinthe, and thyme sprig. Fill the shaker with ice and shake hard. Strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass. Shake the thyme sprig dry, then use it as a garnish. Serve.
Dale DeGroff

About Dale DeGroff

Dale DeGroff - A Taste for Absinthe
DALE DEGROFF (a.k.a. the King of Cocktails) is universally acknowledged as the world’s premier mixologist whose innovations have impacted globally the restaurant and beverage industry. DeGroff provides consulting and bar training to beverage companies, hotels, and leading restaurants throughout the world and has won numerous industry awards. The founder and president of the Museum of the American Cocktail, the first museum in the world dedicated to education in mixology and preserving the rich history of the American cocktail, DeGroff is also the author of The Craft of the Cocktail, winner of the IACP Julia Child Award.

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