Taste This: Learning How Absinthe is Made and Cocktail Recipes from Absinthe Brasserie and Bar

Taste This visits Lance Winters, Head Distiller at St. George Spirits, to learn how Absinthe is made. A trip follows to Absinthe Brasserie and Bar in San Francisco where General Manager Brian Gavin talks about Absinthe and shows the making of two Absinthe cocktails.

Lance Winters, Head Distiller at St George Spirits tasting Absinthe.
Lance Winters, Head Distiller at St George Spirits tasting Absinthe. (KQED)

Two Cocktail Recipes from Absinthe Brasserie and Bar in San Francisco

The Green Beast

The Green Beast

    Ingredients:
  • 1 part Absinthe Verte
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 1 part sugar/syrup
  • 4 parts water
  • Cucumber slices, for garnish

Instructions:
Combine the Absinthe, lime juice, sugar syrup and water.
Serve in a tall glass over ice and garnish with cucumber slices.

Corpse Reviver

Corpse Reviver No. 2

    Ingredients:
  • 1 part London dry gin
  • 1 part Cointreau
  • 1 part Lillet Blanc
  • 1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
    Instructions:
  1. Chill cocktail glass with ice.
  2. Pour a little Absinthe into a glass and swish to coat the glass.
  3. Combine the gin, Cointreau, vermouth and lemon juice in a shaker with ice, shake.
  4. Strain into a small glass and serve up immediately.

    How to drink Absinthe from Lance Winters:

  1. Enjoy it straight over a large single ice cube.
  2. Combine one part Absinthe in a tall glass of ice, top with water.
  3. Fill a glass with ice. Half fill the glass with Absinthe and top with root beer.

Leslie Sbrocco, host of Check, Please! Bay Area, shares her knowledge about Absinthe:

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