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Absinthe Cocktail (yes, it's now legal)

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Cuisine: Drink Irish

In honor of St. Paddy’s Day, we were challenged to come up with mostly green drink ideas. Maybe they are a little kitschy, but isn’t kitsch a big part of the celebration? So here is one, adapted from Crosby Gaige's “The Standard Cocktail Guide: A Manual of Mixed Drinks Written for the American Host,” worth raising a glass for — and there’s not a mug of green beer in sight. -- Rosalind Bentley

For many years, sale of absinthe was banned in the United States. But in 2007 it was reintroduced to the American market after rigorous testing proved the liquor, which is made with wormwood, does not on its own present a health risk or cause felonious behavior.

Hands on time: 5 minutes  Total time: 5 minutes  Serves: 1


    1 1/2 ounces absinthe
    1/2 ounce simple syrup
    2 dashes Angostura bitters
    Lemon peel


In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine absinthe, simple syrup and bitters. Shake to chill, then strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with twist of lemon peel.


Per serving: 115 calories (percentage of calories from fat, 0), no protein, 4 grams carbohydrates, no fiber, no fat, no cholesterol, 1 milligram sodium.

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