The formerly contraband elixir is famous for inspiring countless artists, thinkers and writers from Degas to van Gogh to Picasso to Hemingway to even the late, great Hunter S. Thompson. These days, a new crop of cocktail geeks are gravitating toward the newly legal and widely available liqueur, as seasoned bartenders and at-home mixologists alike strike gold by experimenting with the mysterious herbal tincture. (There’s even a new all-absinthe cocktail menu at Apothéke.) Rest assured, you don’t have to be a starving artist to enjoy absinthe—join the fun by trying your hand at one of these intoxicating recipes from some of the best bars in NYC.
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