Respecting what I said about using a measured amount of absinthe, if you really want to dance with the green fairy, an absinthe drip may be called for. Absinthe, sugar, ice water, done. Just to make it more fun I got a Balancier style Brouilleur from La Maison d'Absinthe for a fun party trick to amuse curious guests. Here it is in action (despite the tiny thumbnail it will play full frame):
I think this gives a really fun louche effect. For the drip I used the excellent St. George Absinthe Verte. Marteau is another of my favorites which I tend to use in my sazeracs. This was about 1½ oz St. George to 5 oz water, but adjust to taste. And don't worry about the sugar, only part of it gets dissolved by the cold water lending just a bit of sweetness to balance the absinthe's heat; it's still a pretty dry drink.
I always like coming up with at least one new cocktail recipe for Mixology Monday, so here's one using just a touch of absinthe for similar reasons as discussed above.
stir and strain into iittala Aarne Cocktail Glass, orange twist garnish
- 2 oz Bulldog London Dry Gin
- 1 oz sake
- ½ oz Cointreau
- tsp absinthe
- 1 dash Fee's cherry bitters
- 1 dash Regan's orange bitters
UPDATE: Here is Sonja's roundup of all the entries (so many it took 2 posts), Part I and Part II.