Start the weekend early with an easy and seriously potent beverage, the Trippy Gin Julep. This surprisingly refreshing drink is made with gin, absinthe, ginger liqueur, fresh mint, and fresh limes.
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.
- 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 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.
It was this crazy false reputation that led to Absinthe being branded as evil and banned in the United States and most of Europe. After a few years (over 100 to be exact!!), people started realizing absinthe is actually completely safe to drink and all those “hallucinating” people were just a bunch of really, really drunk folks.
Thankfully, absinthe is getting it’s mojo back and has started to make a joyous return to the 21st century liquor cabinet. This is the brand I buy, St. George Absinthe Verte, and I LOVE IT! It has lots of herbal and floral notes with no artificial ingredients. Perfect for mixing in drinks or even drinking straight up on the rocks.
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.
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce absinthe
- 1/2 ounce ginger liqueur , like Domaine de Canton
- 1 fresh lime wedge , juiced
- a couple fresh mint leaves , bruised
- lime flavored seltzer water
- crushed ice
- 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.