Subtle Elderflower, Forceful Absinthe

MC Slim JB likes to make a cocktail called l’amour en fuite (love on the run). It’s made with Plymouth Gin, Lillet Blanc, and Chowhound favorite St-Germain elderflower liqueur. “Shake over ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass given a rinse of Kübler absinthe (pastis, like Henri Bardouin, will do, too),” says MC Slim JB. “Garnish with a shaving of lemon peel. Very smooth.”

Elderflower liqueur has a nice, light, unique taste, says Cinnamon, and its subtle presence does great things for cocktails. Absinthe, on the other hand, has a very strong flavor—nothing subtle about it. white light thinks that even a wash of absinthe, as in l’amour en fuite, overwhelms the cocktail. MC Slim JB suggests using an eyedropper to add just a tiny drop of the strong-tasting absinthe. JMF has an even more involved process for adding just a hint of flavor: “Try using a spray mister to cover just the surface of a drink with hint of absinthe or bitters, liqueurs, etc. Works better than an eye dropper,” he says.

Board Link: St. Germain Elderflower Liquer

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