This is one of my own inventions, loosely inspired by The Last Word, a cocktail made with equal parts gin, lime juice, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, and Chartreuse. I swapped lime juice for zesty grapefruit, Maraschino for another cherry-based liqueur called Cherry Heering, and Chartreuse for absinthe, given its green color and herbal nature. Purists might balk at calling it a riff on the classic, but I call it delicious.
For the quickest albeit potent way to explore an absinthe cocktail: Clad yourself in black, dim the lights, and contemplate your mortal existence—although those steps are purely optional. Then pour into a glass, and voilá!
gin (I use Beefeater)
freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (a pink or ruby grapefruit, if possible)
absinthe (Lucid is my favorite)
Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with a few large ice cubes. Shake to combine. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a cocktail glass over one large ice cube.
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