And now, the fun begins

Got me some Lucid, I wancha to know

photo by Jennifer Hess

Do you know how many absinthe cocktails are in the Savoy Cocktail Book? According to the Real Absinthe blog, there are 104. One hundred and four recipes that geeks like me couldn’t easily mix in this country, thanks to the cost and difficulty of acquiring absinthe from overseas.

Now that Lucid is available domestically, those sad days have ended. Hm, 104. If I mixed up one absinthe cocktail a week, I’d have blog fodder for the next two years. I can’t guarantee that I’ll mix them that frequently, but I am damn well going to try all 104 of those drinks, as long as legal absinthe and my liver hold out.

And, no, that’s not a first-edition Savoy; it’s the facsimile release.

5 thoughts on “And now, the fun begins

  1. Thanks for the mention – I look forward to hearing from you over the next 2 years! I like the two new cocktails I added at the end, especially the Caipirinha made with absinthe instead of cachaca.

  2. Oooh! A new cover on a Savoy facsimile release!

    I’ve been wearing the spine of my 1999 facsimile out on the scanner and have always coveted that cover. Might have to splurge on a new edition.

  3. Erik,

    This is the facsimile of 1983. The binding’s pretty sturdy, but I’m still treating it gently. I don’t think there’s a newer model with the original cover, like the 1983 had. There’s just this boring thing:

  4. The one tip I would give you is, as Absinthes go, Lucid is pretty mellow as an ingredient.

    I think because they skip or minimize the Star Anise common in many modern Absinthes and Absinthe-like spirits, you can get away with being pretty generous with your dashes without overwhelming the other ingredients of various cocktails.

    Opinions differ on the proper amount of water for a Lucid Absinthe drip. I like 2-1, no sugar. YMMV. I look forward to reading the results of your experimentation.

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