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The Jaded Lady Absinthe Cocktail

Photograph by Daniel Montoya

The Jaded Lady is one sophisticated cocktail. By carefully layering Sauvignon Blanc, absinthe, vodka and bitters, each sip has a delicate, yet complex flavor. Absinthe, an anise and wormwood spirit, has a sweet black licorice flavor and distinct green color. The parsley lemon simple syrup — a delicious addition to your bar cart which can also shine on its own as a flavor addition to sparkling water — lends just the right amount of sweetness. Try this drink at your next party and take your guests back to 19th-century France, with a modern twist.

RECIPE: The Jaded Lady Cocktail

Yields 1 cocktail


  • 1 ounce absinthe
  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce lemon-parsley infused simple syrup (see ingredients below)
  • 3 drops aromatic bitters
  • For garnishing: 1 lemon, a few sprigs of fresh mint leaves

For simple syrup:

  • 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 1/4 cups raw cane sugar
  • Zest and juice of 3 lemons


  1. With a microplane grater or citrus zester, zest three lemons and juice them into a measuring cup. Set aside and discard the rinds.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, dissolve sugar in the water, and add parsley, lemon juice and zest. Stir and cook until it begins to bubble. Remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  3. To mix the cocktail: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with 3/4 cup ice. Stir to mix and allow to rest for about 30 seconds, then pour into a glass.
  4. For garnishing: Use a zester with a channel knife to cut a curl of lemon peel. Gently twist the peel over the drink to release the citrus oil and float on top of the drink with a few mint leaves.
Photograph by Daniel Montoya

Recipe adapted from Nick Tether's 2011 award-winning absinthe cocktail.

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