Original Absinthe Recipes – TDN Mata Hari

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TDN Mata Hari Absinthe Wrap-Up

As I sip from an absinthe frappe (with a touch of Peychaud), I think back to last Thursday, and my first live Thursday Drink Night. When I arrived it was easy to pick out my compatriots. There they sat with a row of laptops lined up along the bar like little techie soldiers: SeanMike and Marshall from Scofflaw’s Den, Nathan, a cocktail enthusiast who knows the PA liquor system like a priest knows the Bible, lovely Sam from Brand Action Team, and Owen, the videographer. A few handshakes, a few hugs, and I plopped down at the last seat at the bar. When I dug out my laptop I had to move no fewer than 15 glasses to make room for it.

Behind the bar was Chantal Tseng, who is the epitome of grace and calm. Beyond filling drink orders for the rest of the cozy inn, which was packed, she probably made 50-some cocktails that evening having never seen the recipes before, not once batting an eye and full of cheer throughout.

There were some delicious cocktails that came out of the evening, and some amazingly horrific ones. I’ll share the ones worth repeating.

Winning Cocktail

This week was a close one, but Marshall came out victorious. Though not without the help of Chantal, who provided more than a touch of inspiration for this fine cocktail. Maybe Marshall will share the bottle of Old Tom Gin (provided by Mud Puddle Books he won with her.

The Bitter Industry

  • 1 1/2oz brandy
  • 1/2oz amaro nonino
  • 1/2oz amontillado sherry
  • 1 dash Mata Hari
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Stir in a quadrangular motion with cracked ice and strain with the flick of the wrist into a cocktail glass.

Marshall from Scofflaw’s Den and Chantal from the Tabard Inn

Featured Cocktails

Dansk Worm

  • 1.5oz cognac
  • 1/2oz Cherry Heering
  • 1/2oz Grand Marnier
  • 1/2oz Mata Hari

Build over a Jenga-like pile of ice in your favorite glass.

Greg from Mud Puddle Books

La Limonata

  • 1 1/2oz tequila
  • 1oz Mata Hari
  • 1/2oz lime juice
  • 1/2oz simple syrup
  • Pellegrino limonata or lemon soda, to top

Shake with a parade of ice. Flop into a mug and top with lemon soda.

Tiare from A Mountain of Crushed Ice

Absinthe Sour

  • 1 1/2oz Mata Hari
  • 1oz poire william
  • 1oz lime juice
  • 1t sugar
  • 1 egg white

Prepare yourself for a shaking extravaganza. Add ice and commence. Strain into a chilled sour cup.


Malty Hari

  • 1 1/2oz genever gin
  • 1oz fino sherry
  • 3/4oz Mata Hari
  • 1t simple syrup
  • lemon peel, for garnish

Stir and serve up, sir.

Jay from Oh Gosh!

Absinthe Minded Professor

  • 1oz Mata Hari
  • 1oz white rum
  • 1/2oz Cruzan Black Strap rum
  • 1/2oz Wray and Nephew overproof rum
  • 1oz lemon juice
  • 1/2oz orgeat syrup
  • 1t simple syrup
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Add all ingredients to a top hat. Fill with ice. Put on your head and dance around. Stick a straw in the top and enjoy.

Matt from RumDood.com

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  3. AbsintheNo Gravatar says:

    I am very happy that I found your blog. Keep up the good work.

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