Absinthe (makes the heart grow fonder?)

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Our version of a Sazerac calls for one jumbo ice cube

A Lagniappe edition, and how apropos.  We could use a strong drink about now.

I just finished the novel A Gentleman in Moscow, feeling like I’ve revisited my days as a college English major, reading the classics.  But Amor Towles’ novel isn’t one – yet.

I loved the segment where the delightful main character, Count Rostov, requests some absinthe at his hotel’s bar.  And, of course, that made me think of Louisiana and Sazeracs.  And, if you’ve read the book, you’ll know why I’m craving a fennel and clam bouillabaisse.

You might want to sip a Sazerac and watch 1942’s Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman before reading the novel.  And then, just as you’ve finished reading the next-to-last chapter – fix yourself another Sazerac, curl up (maybe by a fire, as long as it’s in a fireplace), and, sipping your Sazerac, read “Afterword,” the final chapter.  It’s a marvelous ending.

Perhaps you should start your evening with Sondra Bernstein’s delicious and simple Pernod-scented Mussels recipe – similar to the Count’s bouillabaisse.  Better yet, come to Sonoma (if you aren’t already here), and enjoy the dish at Sondra’s restaurant, the girl & the fig.

“Keep Sonoma Strong.”

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Sazerac’s special ingredients: absinthe and Peychaud’s bitters

Sazerac

  • Servings: 1 cocktail
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A simple syrup is made by combining equal parts water and sugar, popping in the microwave until boiling, then cooling.  It makes sense to make more than 2 teaspoons.  If you combine 1/2 c water and 1/2 c sugar it will provide enough for numerous cocktails – and will keep in the refrigerator. If you don’t want to make the syrup, take either 1 tsp sugar or 1 sugar cube and muddle it very well with the bitters and rye.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp absinthe
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters (or use angostura bitters)
  • 1 1/2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 jumbo ice cube
  • a 2″ long lemon peel

Put the absinthe into an old-fashioned glass and swirl to coat the glass, then discard the absinthe (or use the remaining to swirl in a 2nd glass).

Add the ice cube, simple syrup and the bitters and rye whiskey to the absinthe-coated glass and stir until mixture is well chilled.

Rub the lemon peel around the rim of the glass and then twist it and drop it into the cocktail.  Serve.

You can leave out the ice cube and you’ll get a more-traditional (and more potent) drink.  Just be sure you stir the drink with ice cubes when you mix it and then remove the cubes before serving, since you want it served very cold.  Recipe brought to you by BigLittleMeals.com and Andy and Ann.

 

3 Comments

  1. Joanne says:

    I need to try that book again. I loved his book “The Rules of Civility” but couldn’t get through this one. You and several others whose opinion I value liked it…so will try again.

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  2. theRaggedys says:

    Funny, Joanne, I was going to order The Rules of Civility but read some so-so comments; now I’ll read it for sure. The Gentleman from Moscow is a slow read but once you get going (and don’t expect it to be high action) the story is fascinating….and a pleasant change of pace from the more typical novel of today.

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