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Absinthe Frappe

Photo: Jessica Sanders

The classic absinthe frappe is a refreshing mix of absinthe, mint and soda water. At Drink.Well in Austin, Jessica Sanders adds a little lemon goodness to brighten up the blend. “Muddling the lemon (as opposed to simply adding juice), introduces some citrus oils along with the juice that I believe better balance the drink and give it a more pleasant texture,” she says.

1½ oz. absinthe
½ oz. simple syrup (1:1)
2 oz. soda water
8 mint leaves
1 lemon wedge
Tools: mixing glass, muddler, shaker
Glass: frappé
Garnish: mint sprig, lime or lemon wedge

Gently muddle the mint and lemon wedge with the simple syrup in the bottom of a shaker. Add the absinthe and ice; shake vigorously. Strain into a Collins, highball or frappé glass. Pack with crushed ice and top with a splash of soda water. Use a barspoon to gently incorporate the bubbles. Garnish with fresh mint and a lime or lemon wedge.

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