Random holidays are our favorite thing, but random holidays revolving around alcohol are the absolutely best. Luckily, today is one of those great days; today is National Absinthe Day.


We’ve talked about our love for absinthe on many different occasions, but we don’t feel like this glowing green liquor gets the respect that it deserves. People still like to associate it with hallucinating and getting a little too crazy, but absinthe can actually be part of some classy-looking cocktails. So, to celebrate National Absinthe Day, we encourage you to make one of these classy absinthe cocktails and toast to the green fairy.


The Green Beast


Okay, the name “Green Beast” is so not classy, but the actual contents of the cocktail are. We won’t judge you if you choose a new name for this drink, but we do encourage you to pour it into a tall, thin glass and put lots of cucumber slices in because it totally adds to the appeal.


  • Fill a tall glass with ice and add 1 oz. Lucid absinthe, 1 oz. lime juice, 1 oz. simple syrup and 4 to 6 oz. filtered or spring water.


  • Garnish with thin cucumber slices, stir and serve.


Billionaire Cocktail


This beautiful Billionaire Cocktail was developed by Dushan Zaric of New York City’s bar Employees Only. It also isn’t green, so it doesn’t scream “I’m drinking absinthe!”


  • In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine 2 oz. high-proof bourbon, 1 oz. fresh lemon juice, 1/2 oz. simple syrup, 1/4 oz. absinthe bitters or absinthe, and 1/2 oz. grenadine syrup made from pomegranate.


  • Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.




The Suissesse cocktail is a staple at The Old Absinthe House in New Orleans. It’s easy to make, refreshing, and surprisingly delicious.

  • In a blender, combine the following ingredients: 1 1/2 oz. Enigma VS absinthe, 1/2 oz. orgeat syrup, 1 egg white, 1/2 oz. single cream and 4 oz. shaved ice. Blend for 5 seconds.


  • Serve in a chilled cocktail glass.

Raise your glass to the “green fairy” of alcohol tonight.