Are you sick of aperol spritzes? Yes, they’re delicious and refreshing, but if you want to be a little edgier, this absinthe spritz is a way to elevate your spritz game during summer. We’ve used green absinthe, but absinthe also comes in red and clear if you’d like to change things up a little bit.

Absinthe, a Drink for the Outsiders 

Absinthe has a rich history. Don’t just take our word for it. Master distiller Joe Degroot of Lawrenceville Distilling, whose absinthe traditionelle we used for this recipe, fell in love with absinthe after having it in a Sazerac in New Orleans. Its history is with bohemian subcultures of poets and artists in Europe in the 1800s, and that countercultural history led to the myth that it causes you to hallucinate. In reality, absinthe will not make you trip, but it does have up to 72% alcohol content, so drink responsibly…and perhaps lighten it up a bit as part of a Spritz!

Three bottles of absinthe in green, clear, and red sit on a white picnic table.

Absinthe Spritz Recipe

Absinthe Spritz Ingredients

  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • 1 thick slice of lime
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz absinthe
  • Ice, as needed
  • club soda, as needed
  • fresh mint, lime slices, and 1 generously sized cucumber spear (optional) for garnish

Spritz Instructions

  1. In a glass, muddle mint and lime.
  2. Add ice, absinthe and vodka.
  3. Give a gentle stir.
  4. Top with club soda and garnish with fresh mint and lime slices or a cucumber spear before serving.

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