Cocktails


mix, taste

Top Off

  • .5 oz Emerald Absinthe
  • 3-5 oz Topo Chico

Pour the absinthe into any glass, then add the Topo Chico. The colder, the better. Ice is optional, but recommended. Some folks only want to dilute the absinthe a little, some folks prefer to pour much more. It’s a matter of personal taste. Once the absinthe has gone from clear to cloudy, you’re well on your way to the perfect #topoff.

 

The Fizzard of Oz

  • .5 oz Emerald Absinthe
  • 3-5 oz root beer
  • ice

This one is just as simple as the Top Off, but the bubbles are a bit more flavorful. We tried every kind of root beer we could find, and we were never disappointed. We must tell you, though, that the folks in Texas are the winners in the root beer running, because H-E-B store brand root beer was the best pairing by far. We did a special event at our home bar, the Firehouse Lounge, and their head bartender Antonio Matta gave all the cocktails names based on the L. Frank Baum book. We like his style.

We had this Top Off on our first night out after Emerald Absinthe hit the shelves.

 

Green Goddess

  • .5 oz Emerald Absinthe
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 4 oz soda (we like Topo Chico)

Shake the absinthe, lime, and simple, pour over ice in a Collins glass, top with soda. Garnish with lime or cucumber. This cocktail is only 5.8% ABV in the glass, hardly more than your average craft ale. It’s easy-drinking in the summer, and you can even put a bit of the Jasmine Liqueur in place of some (or all) of the simple syrup for an added floral note.

 

Afternoon Delight

  • .75 oz Emerald Absinthe
  • 3 oz sparkling wine

In the 1935 cocktail book So Red the Nose, Ernest Heminway had one of his most famous cocktail recipes. It was called Death in the Afternoon and called for a jigger (which is 1.5 oz) of absinthe, topped off with Champagne, “and then have three to five of them.” Death in the afternoon, indeed. We don’t have to all take our cocktails in heroic doses. The flavors of our Emerald Absinthe come through in a smaller amount. We use half as much as Heminway did, and it suits us just fine. We like to think of it as a “little death,” and so we call it Afternoon Delight. Serve in a flute or coupe.

 

Sazerac

  • 2.5 oz rye whiskey (try Kooper’s Family Rye for a recipe using solely Texas spirits)
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 barspoon Emerald Absinthe

For this, which is thought to be the original American cocktail, you can use a mixing glass if you have one, or just use two Old Fashioned glasses, chilling one while muddling the bitters and sugar into the other. Add ice and rye and stir the mixture until properly diluted. Most recipes tell you to pour a small amount of absinthe in the other, chilled glass, coating the inside, and then pour off the excess. We think that’s a waste of perfectly good absinthe, and an unnecessarily difficult task. If you carefully measure out the absinthe in the amount of a standard barspoon and add that to the bitters, sugar, and rye, what you’ll end up pouring into that second glass, hopefully over a big fat piece of gorgeous ice, is a flavorful treat that doesn’t waste a drop. If you have never done a cocktail stir, here’s a video with a simple breakdown of the technique by world renowned bartender Charles Joly.

 

And now a few recipes using our distillery’s second release, and the first product in our line of cordials: Jasmine Liqueur.

 

Hepcat Highball

  • 1.5 oz Jasmine Liqueur
  • 1.5 oz Scotch
  • Ice
  • Soda water (we like Topo Chico)

Pour your favorite Scotch and an equal measure of Jasmine Liqueur over ice in a highball glass, top with soda, and give it a quick stir before you enjoy it. Named because the smokiness of the Scotch and the smoothness of the Jasmine makes us think of one particularly smoky basement jazz club.

Some of our favorite bartenders like to do variations, like this highball made with Jasmine Liqueur and Japanese whiskey.

 

Blooming Bubbles

  • .5 oz Jasmine Liqueur
  • 3 oz sparkling wine (Champagne, prosecco, cava, anything with bubbles)

If you are a fan of the effervescent, then this is a great way to have your bubbles and your flowers, too. Pour your favorite sparkling wine into a flute or a coupe and top with a dollop of Jasmine Liqueur. Let the flowers and the bubbles tickle your nose.