A delicious twist on the classic mojito — the herby, botanical flavors of absinthe are the perfect addition to this minty cocktail sweetened with honey!
originally published 5.23.2019
Absinthe, or the green fairy as it’s sometimes called, is an anise-flavored spirit with a very high alcohol content. This absinthe mojito with honey is a great way to enjoy the herby, botanical flavors of absinthe without being overwhelmed by its intensity. Just make sure to choose your absinthe wisely! Most good quality absinthe has a complex and nuanced flavor with hints of floral and spice. Some of the poorer quality absinthes will remind you of black jelly beans.
all about absinthe
Although absinthe was invented in Switzerland, it’s commonly associated with the Czech Republic, which is where I came across it for the first time. To be honest, I’m not really a huge fan of anise-flavored anything, but drinking absinthe in Prague seems to (justifiably!) make it onto almost every tourist’s agenda and so I often found myself accompanying visiting friends to one of several bars known for absinthe around town. Drinking absinthe the traditional way, with a little sugar and water, is still not for me, but I’ve come to appreciate it in smaller doses, especially in cocktails such as this one!
If you’re looking for an absinthe recommendation, one of my favorites is Vieux Carré Absinthe Supérieure. It’s a bit on the sweeter side and absolutely delicious in this cocktail recipe! And if you’d like to know a bit more about absinthe and the various types, this article gets into the production process and also tackles some common misconceptions about the green spirit.
honey absinthe mojito!
After you have your absinthe of choice, making this cocktail is incredibly easy! Start by making a honey simple syrup, which is just honey and hot water mixed together in equal proportions. Hot water from the faucet is usually enough to dissolve the honey for me, but you can also heat the mixture over the stove in a small saucepan if necessary.
Then break out your cocktail shaker (or any jar with a lid) and add your mojito ingredients: honey syrup, absinthe, lime juice, fresh mint leaves and ice. Shake well, pour into a glass and top with club soda to taste!
For more cocktail inspiration, make sure to check out these recipes:
- rhubarb infused vodka
- limonada de coco
- fruit infused vodka: three flavors
- spiced pomegranate champagne punch
for one cocktail
- mint 10 leaves
- absinthe 15 ml (½ oz)
- lime juice 20 ml (¾ oz)
- honey simple syrup 50 ml (1.5 oz)
- (recipe for honey simple syrup below)
- club soda to top
honey simple syrup*
- honey 125 ml (½ c)
- water 125 ml (½ c)
honey simple syrup
Stir the honey and hot water until the honey has dissolved.
Cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Add mint, absinthe, lime juice, honey simple syrup and ice to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
Pour into a glass and top with club soda.
Garnish with extra mint leaves and lime wedges.
honey simple syrupYou can make as much or as little simple syrup as you want - just make sure to use equal parts honey and water!
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