Trippy Gin Julep

Happy Thirsty Thursday everyone!!  Start the weekend early with an easy and seriously potent beverage, the Trippy Gin Julep.

Trippy Gin Julep

Woohoooo!  Let the weekend begin!!  Or almost begin.  Soon enough it will be Friday and that’s when my weekend fun starts.  We are heading into Boston’s seaport area to have dinner with friends visiting from Florida and I am so excited.  Boston is so beautiful and is one of the best cities for walking around at night.  Love popping in and out of different places, having a drink here, a dessert and coffee there.  Before leaving, I always visit Bova’s Bakery in the North End to take some of the city home with me too.  It’s open 24/7 and has the best of everything.  And that’s usually what I end up buying…everything.

Trippy Gin Julep

Now onto the business (or recipe) at hand..this Trippy Gin Julep is everything I’ve ever wanted in a drink:

  • it’s minty
  • it’s refreshing
  • it has absinthe in it…

Say what?  Yes…absinthe.  You know what they say, absinthe makes the heart grow fonder, so I decided to make a drink made with this snappy liquor to enjoy during these last few weeks of summer.

Speaking of summer, I drank one of these the other day while sitting out by the pool and let me tell you, this one’s for the professionals only.  It’s one those drinks that doesn’t actually taste strong but…um…yeah.  You get the idea.  Seriously dangerous…

Trippy Gin Julep

Trippy Gin Julep is a combination of some of my favorite elixirs: gin, ginger liquer (Domaine de Canton), and absinthe.  Most people are unfamiliar with absinthe (aka Green Fairy), probably because of it’s crazy reputation back in the late 19th-early 20th century as having hallucinogenic qualities.  Absinthe was then branded as evil and banned in the United States and most of Europe.  Funny thing is that all those people that were “hallucinating” were just a bunch of really, really drunk people but it still took over 100 years for people to figure that out.  Luckily, absinthe is now known to be completely safe to consume and has started to make a joyous return to the 21st century liquor cabinet.

This is the brand I buy.  St. George Absinthe Verte.  It has lots of herbal and floral notes with no artificial ingredients.  I love it.

Trippy Gin Julep

PS. for those skeptics still out there, trust me, I didn’t hallucinate after drinking one of these Trippy Gin Juleps poolside.  Not. One. Bit.  I’ll admit, I did feel a little tingly, but I definitely did not see any pink elephants or purple spotted rhinos.  Actually I might have seen those after the third one 😉

Trippy Gin Julep

So go get yourself some Green Fairy and don’t wait until happy hour to enjoy this Trippy Gin Julep.

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Gingered Trippy Gin Julep
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Serves: 1 drink
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce absinthe
  • ½ ounce ginger liqueur, like Domaine de Canton
  • 1 fresh lime wedge, juiced
  • a couple fresh mint leaves, bruised
  • lime flavored seltzer water
  • crushed ice
  1. Take a julep cup and fill with crushed ice. Pour in the gin, absinthe, ginger liqueur, fresh lime juice and bruised mint. Top with the seltzer water and lightly stir. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig, if desired.
  2. Serve immediately.


Trippy Gin Julep


  1. says

    Sounds like you have a lovely weekend planned, Karrie! Meeting with friends, drinks, 24 hour bakery…what more could you ask for??

    I had absinthe a while back and I really enjoyed it. I loved the anise flavour to it. We saw it on some show and decided to try it. Like you, we didn’t have an hallucinations or anything and didn’t see any fairies, but it definitely does pack a punch!

    LOVE your pics in this recipe, girl! The glass looks so cold and refreshing. It may not be Friday just yet, but it is Thirsty Thursday, lol 😀 Pinning!

    Have wonderful weekend! Pick out a delicious croissant or donut for me 😉 xo
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  2. says

    Love to have that 24 hour bakery next to my home, but in the mean time can just enjoy you having that privilege!! your minty gin julep sound like something I should definitely taste!! I am back from my vacations hope you had a great summer too my darling!! hugs!
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  3. says

    I already knew you liked to hit up the absinthe! But I didn’t know you were going to share! Wahoo! This definitely looks like my type of cocktail, girlfriend! Gin, ginger liqueur, and absinthe with a splash of lime and a touch of mint? Say no more, just pour me a pitcher. :) Can’t wait to try this one!! Hope you guys have SO much fun in Boston!! I’m super jealous, so make sure you have enough fun for me too! And make sure you buy ALL the treats at that bakery! Cheers, sweets! xo
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  4. says

    This drink looks so delicious and refreshing! You must have been a bartender in this life or another because you make some seriously wicked cocktails! Also, I agree Boston is such a gorgeous city…one of my favorites! I hope you have tons of fun this weekend; wish I could join you! <3
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  5. says

    I’m so happy that you’re going to meet up with friends in Boston! :) How fun!! I hope you get a chance to swing by Bova Bakery this time too. Eat something for me, would ya? 😉 Now onto these cocktails: WOAH. I love the sound of a trippy gin julep. I was just watching Penny Dreadful and the characters in the show had themselves some absinthe. Needless to say, it got really trippy after that. Haha. Good thing it’s not what it used to be! I always love it when you mix up your amazing drinks. Shared of course. Also, have tons of fun for me in Boston! xoxo
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  6. says

    I had no idea about the history behind that myth – I totally though absinthe did make you hallucinate! whoops… need to get my hands on some to make up for lost time 😛 love the look of this julep!
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  7. says

    No pink elephants, huh? Thats disappointing :) Seriously, never heard of absinthe, but I will have to check it out if it rocks this cocktail. I miss pool side drinks. Sounds like the perfect afternoon to me!! I am going to try this Trippy Gin Julep drink! I’ll make one or two for the hubby also, so we can get trippy together :) Have a great weekend! xoxo

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