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-- By James in Texas on Thu, 11 Jan 2018 at 14:42.
Back in the mid 80's, I was in college and tending bar at a high-end club/hotel on San Antonio's Riverwalk. Heavy Metal was King, and there wasn't a great deal of...civilized drinking behavior going on. It was the Age of Excess, and we (myself included) loved it.
I did get a few regulars from Europe who wanted Absinthe and they quietly brought in their own bottles- I didn't ask, as-again- it was the 80's. One of these regulars taught me the various ways to serve it, and several of them gave me Absinthe in appreciation for my service. I found that I enjoyed it like so, myself: a double shot of Absinthe in a champagne flute, with 1/2 to 1 shot of Rumple Minze. Stand a sugar cube in maraschino cherry juice (only about 1/16" deep) until it wicks it all up and turns a uniform red color. Let it set for about 2-3 minutes to do so, then drop it in and add cold sparkling water to taste- I use color to determine the proper amount of water, aiming for a sort of golden green. (This takes some experimentation)
I came up with this over about a year's time, experimenting with various ingredients. "Purists" will scoff, but give it a try, you might be surprised.
I called it "Manslaughter in the Morning", as a sort of play on "Death in the afternoon".
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