The Courtesy Bar has eight different brands of absinthe to choose from, ranging in price from $11 to $15. None of these absinthes contain wormwood, which is what is rumored to give absinthe its hallucinogenic properties. The tradition of cubed sugar set above your glass while cool water drips over it remains intact, though. And trust me, while you won't be hallucinating, you will have no trouble at all getting tipsy.
If you have a bottle of absinthe just sitting around the house and were just waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it, download this book of absinthe cocktails to your Kindle or iPad or whatever you read your e-books on. The book contains 50 absinthe cocktails in total ranging from classic to contemporary.
[image-2]The Monkey Gland
We've also featured a couple of cocktails containing absinthe in our Remix column: the traditional Sazerac, which calls for an absinthe wash of your glass, and the Monkey Gland, whose original recipe called for a dash of absinthe to coat the sides of the glass.
If you'd rather celebrate National Absinthe Day vicariously, you know, skipping the Thursday morning hangover, why not watch a movie where absinthe plays a role in the action?
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