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Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace
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This cocktail dates back to the 1940s and therefore its somewhat unfortunate name is a reference to the film and play of the same name. But that begin said, this drink's memorable name [really?] and appearance [a slight shade of purple blue] and distinctive nose [absinthe and violet!] means that few who have it do not remember it. I think this is a pretty stunning drink when made well. You need to have a good quality mixing Absinthe. I like Leopold Brothers' later batches for this, though your mileage may vary here. The absinthe can dominate this cocktail, so be wary and choose prudently. Secondly, I like a bit more Creme De Violette than some of the other canonical recipes. I think that if its too dialed back, you end up with a tad too much anise. In terms of gins, you can't go wrong here. A nice floral contemporary gin I think brings out the best results. For an interesting twist, a contemporary herbal gin like Gin Mare really changes the feel of this drink. I'd only recommend staying clear of most Navy Strength gins as they have a tendency to team up with the Absinthe creating a domineering and overwhelming heat that kills the subtle notes which make this cocktail work.
Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace
Print Recipe
This cocktail dates back to the 1940s and therefore its somewhat unfortunate name is a reference to the film and play of the same name. But that begin said, this drink's memorable name [really?] and appearance [a slight shade of purple blue] and distinctive nose [absinthe and violet!] means that few who have it do not remember it. I think this is a pretty stunning drink when made well. You need to have a good quality mixing Absinthe. I like Leopold Brothers' later batches for this, though your mileage may vary here. The absinthe can dominate this cocktail, so be wary and choose prudently. Secondly, I like a bit more Creme De Violette than some of the other canonical recipes. I think that if its too dialed back, you end up with a tad too much anise. In terms of gins, you can't go wrong here. A nice floral contemporary gin I think brings out the best results. For an interesting twist, a contemporary herbal gin like Gin Mare really changes the feel of this drink. I'd only recommend staying clear of most Navy Strength gins as they have a tendency to team up with the Absinthe creating a domineering and overwhelming heat that kills the subtle notes which make this cocktail work.
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Instructions
  1. Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass.
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