The Green Fairy

May 14, 2010 (Day 104) — The Green Fairy

I’ve done it. I’ve bit the bullet and purchased some absinthe. The Green Fairy. The liquor that was thought to have driven Van Gogh himself insane. It’s sitting on my counter. It was a tough decision. Mixed opinions came in from all sides. But then, I had the deciding comment made to me — if you like black licorice, you’ll like absinthe. If you hate licorice, you’ll hate absinthe.

I’m a freak. I love black licorice. Hate red. Hate all those other knockoff flavors. Anise was the taste for me. So, I bit the bullet and purchased some. And since this is the first time I’ve ever had the liquor, I have to taste it neat. It’s the only way to get the proper flavors. So, once I’d finished my run with the dog, I poured a small snifter of it.

Did I mention this tastes like black licorice. Like, black licorice in liquid form. I opened the bottle and took a deep whiff. The anise smell quickly rose to the top and overpowered the usual smell of alcohol. Once I poured the glass, it’s clear to see why it’s called the Green Fairy. Crystal clear and lemony green. The first taste is a powerful blast of the anise flavor. And I’m hooked. I said earlier it’s like black licorice in liquid form? Dead on. I love this flavor. It coats your mouth, cleans your sinuses out and warms the throat on the way down.

I definitely approve. Now to make the cocktail. While I will drink it in the traditional method (sugar cube, absinthe spoon, water, etc.) I don’t have any sugar cubes on hand, so I’ll be making something else with it. The Green Fairy.

1 oz absinthe

1 oz water

juice of 1 lemons

2 tsp egg white

1 dash Angostura bitters

Combine the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously (don’t forget, you want frost to appear on the outside of the shaker). Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.

Not green, really. More yellowish. But man, it’s good. The hardcore anise flavor of the absinthe runs as an undertone trough the drink. The bite of the lemon and dash of bitters help offset the overpowering licorice flavor, and the water dilutes it a bit. The first taste on your tongue is the lemon, followed by the same undercurrent of absinthe.

I think I’ve just been made myself a new friend, and her name is absinthe. Here’s to some loverly cocktails in the future!

(Note: Jenn refused to try the drink or absinthe, because she hates licorice so much. In fact, she gagged a bit just sniffing my drink. So, be warned: If you don’t like black licorice YOU WILL HATE ABSINTHE.)


— Mark


  1. I didn’t get you any of that bathtub absinthe way back when you visited me in Beijing? If not, that’s a shame. Worst hangovers I’ve ever had.

  2. Did you think it really tasted of black liqorice? Just kidding.

    I’ve never tried this either, but stragely enough I did just try a chocolate Absinthe bar a friend brought me from Italy – very interesting flavor, and maybe something to try in liquid form…

  3. Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

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  1. […] like The Green Fairy is another name for absinthe, it’s also a name for an absinthe-based cocktail. So it goes […]

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