Absinthe: Not just myth
More than a decade after it was legalized in the U.S., absinthe remains “one of the most misunderstood spirits out there,” said Sam Slaughter in TheManual.com. It’s not hallucinogenic, despite anything Oscar Wilde wrote, and it’s not meant to be served neat. Its licorice flavor shines in cocktails, or in this unfussy preparation: combined with 3 to 5 parts ice water plus simple syrup to taste.
St. George Absinthe Verte ($65). The first legal absinthe produced in the U.S. is also one of the best. This California-made spirit “bursts with herbal flavors without being overwhelming.”
Leopold Bros. Absinthe Verte ($71). Distilled in Denver from a pisco base, this vibrant absinthe has notes of cucumber and tarragon.
Pernod Absinthe ($64). If you’ve had absinthe, it was probably Pernod. Produced since 2013 with Pernod’s 1805 recipe, it’s “hard to beat if you’re looking for something that hearkens back to the original absinthe era.”