Absinthe Serving Recipes, Cocktails & Rituals


Absinthe alcohol is great drink and offers so many different and interesting ways of consumption. We often receive questions how to drink absinthe or is it safe to drink absinthe neat? First of all, it is same as with any other alcohol, you have to know your limits. Since strong absinthe usually contains between 60-70% of alcohol, one shot of absinthe is same as two shots of gin, vodka, whiskey or rum. So bear that in mind when drinking absinthe. It is great when served well-chilled on ice and it is our preferred way of drinking absinthe. However, absinthe liquor is also great for cocktails, that is why we have prepared and tested so many absinthe cocktails for you to try. Many of those absinthe cocktails have been prepared by famous bartenders in London and in Prague. Absinthe liquor is very famous drink in Prague and it is being served in many bars and clubs where you can try various absinthe cocktails or the Czech Absinthe Ritual. But if you don't like black licorice, you need to move on to something else.


This 'ritual' was created as a marketing stunt in the late 1990's and has been accepted by many as a historical fact, especially after being incorporated into some modern films about the Belle Époque.

Pour a shot of absinthe liquor in a small tumbler glass. Take a teaspoon of sugar. Dip the teaspoon into the absinthe so that the sugar absorbs the liquor. Then, holding the spoon above the absinthe, set light to the sugar. Let it burn for a minute or so. The sugar will bubble and slowly begin to caramelize. Once the flame is beginning to die down, stir the shot of absinthe liquor with the sugared spoon (smothering the glass if it catches alight). Now add an equal measure of water, some ice and enjoy your absinthe drink.

Absinthe is very flammable. Please be very careful when performing this absinthe ritual!

Absinthe bottle pouring absinthe liquor into a lawball glass
First, pour a shot of absinthe liquor into a short tumbler glass...
A spoon above the absinthe drink in a glass, with sugar on fire
Holding the slotted spoon above the absinthe, set light to the absinthe-soaked sugar...
Absinthe Original bootle with prepared absinthe drink on ice
Add small amount of water, some ice and enjoy your absinthe drink!


This is the traditional French absinthe recipe. First pour roughly three ounces of absinthe liquor into a heavy parfait-style stemmed absinthe glass. A perforated absinthe spoon is set upon the rim of the glass and on the spoon is placed a cube of sugar. Ice-cold water is ever so slowly dripped from a glass carafe or absinthe fountain onto the cube. The sugar dissolves and you continue pouring until the ratio of absinthe to water is about two to five parts, depending upon your taste and fortitude. Give the absinthe drink a spin with the spoon and drink like you dripped - slowly.
Bohemian absinthe recipes have always meant that less anise is used in local absinthe production, thus the majority of our products do not louche when water is added. The whole range of Absinthe Original turns slightly cloudy, however, they do not louche as such. It has no influence on quality whatsoever. Generally, French or Spanish absinthes are much sweeter.
Want to get the most out of your absinthe drink? The active ingredient thujone has its best effects within a half hour of drinking. Afterward, the effect you feel will be pure alcohol based, so make sure to pace your drinking so you enjoy the wormwood and the alcohol over the length of your experience. As always, drink responsibly and in moderation.


25 ml Archers
12.5 ml absinthe
5 ml Grenadine

Top up with Red Bull energy drink. Garnish with mint tips and serve on ice.
2 parts of cranberry juice
1 part of orange juice
1 part of absinthe liquor

Pour carefully into a cocktail glass half filled with ice.
1 part of Absinthe Original
2 parts of cranberry juice
1 part of Indian tonic water
1 slice of lemon

Shake well and pour into a cocktail glass.
25 ml Absolut Citron
12.5 ml Drambuie
12.5 ml absinthe
Top up with Monster Energy drink

Garnish with lime and serve on ice.
1 ounce absinthe liquor
1 ounce Sour Apple Schapps
1 ounce Black Raspberry Liqueur
1 ounce Pomegranite / Cherry Juice

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients, shake well, let stand for approximately 2 minutes, then shake again. Serve in a martini glass, garnished with a maraschino cherry.
1 & 1/2 shots Absinthe Original
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon sugar
1 egg white

Shake with ice and strain into a highball glass and fill with seltzer.
1/2 shot of lemon liqueur
3 shots of cranberry juice
1/2 shot of peach vodka
1 shot of absinthe
1/3 shot of orange juice

Pour carefully into a cocktail glass half filled with ice.
1 part absinthe
3 parts coke
Garnish absinthe cocktail with a lime wedge

Pour 25ml of absinthe into a cocktail glass filled with cracked ice, top up with coke and squeeze the lime over the glass. Garnish cocktail with the lime wedge. It looks dirty and the secret is in the kick provided by the absinthe.
1/4 Absinthe Original
1/2 tablespoon sugar
3/4 lemon juice

Shake well and pour into cocktail glass.
1/2 absinthe liquor
1/2 brandy

Stir and pour into cocktail glass.
1/2 oz Absinthe Original
1/2 oz Cointreau orange liqueur
2 tsp lemon juice
1 egg
1 tsp sugar

Shake ingredients well with ice. Strain into a pre-chilled lawball glass. Sprinkle nutmeg on top.
1 shot absinthe liquor
1 shot vodka
1 can Red Bull

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled collins glass.
1 shot Absinthe Original
2/3 shot Volare Triple Sec
6-7 fresh Raspberries
juice of half a lime
dash of Monin Sirop de Framboise

Muddle Raspberries with lime juice and Monin Framboise in a Boston glass. Top up with hard ice cubes, add Absinthe and Volare and shake hard in the Boston shaker. Double strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Top up with champagne and garnish with fresh raspberries.
1 shot absinthe
1/2 shot curacao
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons orange juice
1 thin slice of orange

Stir ingredients and pour over crushed ice in a deep-saucer champagne glass. Add orange slice.
1 part of the white rum
1 part of Grenadine
1 part of Absinthe Original
1 part of Apricot brandy
3 parts of orange juice

Mix with crushed ice and top it up with absinthe.
1 oz absinthe
1 oz Vodka
Garnish with sprig Mint

Shake absinthe and vodka with ice, then strain into a chilled highball glass full of ice. Fill with Coke and stir. Finally, garnish with a sprig of mint and serve.
1/3 peppermint
2/3 absinthe liquor
Shake well and pour into cocktail glass.
1.5 fluid ounces of Absinthe

Pour absinthe into flute Champagne glass over ice. Top up with well chilled Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness.
1 shot Creme de Mure
1 shot Absolut Mandrin
1 shot champagne
1 shot Absinthe Original

Pour carefully into a cocktail glass half filled with ice.
1 oz Amaretto
1/2 oz absinthe
1 can of Red Bull

Put amaretto in a large shot glass then float the absinthe on top. Light absinthe then drop into 1 pint glass with red bull. Drink and enjoy!
3 oz Bombay Saphire gin
1/2 oz Absinthe Original
1/2 oz Grand Marnier orange liqueur
dry vermouth
1 orange peel

Properly chill 1 cocktail glass. In mixing glass with ice, pour gin and absinthe, and stir. In your cocktail glass, roll 1/2 oz of dry vermouth and throw away the excess. Strain other ingredients into cocktail glass and float 1/2 oz of Grand Marnier over top. Garnish with orange peel.
1 part of absinthe liquor
1/2 part of Jack Daniels
1/2 of gin
1/4 of Archers Peach Schnapps
1 part of Red Bull
A drop of cranberry juice

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled collins glass.
1 teaspoonful white Creme de Menthe
1 shot absinthe
1 shot dry gin
1 shot French vermouth

Shake well with ice and strain into martini glass.
1 part of Absinthe Bitter
2 parts of lemonade
2 parts of cranberry juice
Garnish with a lemon wedge

Pour absinthe into a chilled highball glass with ice. Slowly top with lemonade and cranberry juice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and enjoy your absinthe drink.

Do you have your own favorite absinthe cocktail, serving suggestion or recipe? Please help us grow our absinthe cocktail collection and send us you recipes, we'll publish them all here.




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