While I was filming CHOW’s Absinthe Obsessive, St. George Spirits released a batch of its highly-sought-after anise-flavored version, Verte. I bought a bottle and took it home to mix with a bit of water and sip over ice. When I came to the next morning, I found a perfect replica of van Gogh’s Starry Night scrawled onto my ceiling in Sharpie, but thankfully both of my ears were intact. Now when I’m feeling brave I make the aptly named Death in the P.M., my new drink of choice when I have an afternoon or two to kill.

St. George Absinthe Verte, $99.99 for a 750-milliliter bottle

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