The Green Muse & Recipes You Can Use

October 26, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Five unique cocktails created to honor the return of a French bohemian classic.

PURCHASE, N.Y., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ — There may be nothing better than a taste of the forbidden. Pernod Absinthe now makes its United States debut, bringing with it an incomparable air of mystery and a spirited tradition all its own.

Pernod Absinthe, infused with the classic herbs anise and wormwood and inspired by the centuries-old original recipe, was commonly enjoyed as a leisurely aperitif — a cocktail routinely enjoyed before a meal. However, it has also made its name as the liqueur of choice for the French bohemian set. Since the beginning of its rich history in the early 17th century, Pernod Absinthe has inspired artistic endeavors from still life paintings to bohemian poetry. “We are excited to have created a spirit unrivaled in flavor and authenticity,” remarks Brian Eckert, Brand Manager for Pernod. “We hope that Pernod Absinthe will spark the imagination of a new generation of artists.”

To herald its much-anticipated release, Pernod Absinthe has collaborated with the newest artist on the scene — the mixologist. Five of the country’s most notable bartenders created signature cocktails, inspired by notable absinthe drinkers. The cocktails below are a reflection of both the old artist and the new, and embrace not only the tradition but also the untamed and ever-changing reputation and spirit of Pernod Absinthe.

La Canne Creuse

Muse – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was rumored to carry around a hollow cane (or canne creuse) filled with absinthe.

Created by Jeff Hollinger

  • 2 parts calvados
  • 1/2 part Pernod Absinthe
  • 1/2 part dark Italian vermouth
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • Orange twist

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice, and stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the orange twist.


Muse – Oscar Wilde’s epic poem about an Athenian ruler, Charmides uses natural imagery such as juniper and grapes, which Marcos Tell drew upon to create this cocktail.

Created by Marcos Tello

  • 1 part Pernod Absinthe
  • Seedless green grapes
  • 1 dash bitters
  • 1-1/2 parts gin
  • 3/4 part ginger syrup
  • 1/2 part fresh lime juice
  • Soda water
  • Candied ginger

Muddle grapes. Pernod Absinthe and bitters. Add gin, ginger syrup and lime juice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass, top with soda water. Garnish with grapes and candied ginger.

La Berceuse

Muse – Struck by the color and surreal perspective of Vincent van Gogh’s La Berceuse, Jim Ryan created a visually stunning and delicious cocktail.

Created by Jim Ryan

  • 1/2 part Pernod Absinthe
  • 1-1/2 parts tequila blanco
  • 1/2 part raw organic blue agave nectar
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 3 strawberries, hulled and quartered

Muddle strawberries and agave nectar. Add the juice of one half lemon, spirits and ice. Shake and strain into a tall ice-filled glass and top with seltzer.


Muse – Published in 1926, Ernest Hemingway’s iconic novel The Sun Also Rises was the inspiration behind this cocktail. The incorporation of fresh citrus recalls the tropical setting of Key West, where Hemingway spent much of his life.

Created by Marko Knezevic

  • Red grapes
  • 1 part Pernod Absinthe
  • 1 dash sweet vermouth
  • Squeeze of lime
  • 1 dash simple syrup
  • Orange juice

Muddle six or seven grapes. Add ice, lime, syrup and spirits. Shake and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with orange juice and garnish with fresh grapes.

About Pernod Ricard USA

Pernod Ricard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA.  In July, 2008, Pernod Ricard completed the acquisition of the iconic ABSOLUT(R) Vodka brand from the V&S Group, and Pernod Ricard USA is now the second-leading company in the U.S. by sales value.

In addition to ABSOLUT(R), Pernod Ricard USA’s leading brands include such prestigious spirits as The Glenlivet(R) Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Chivas Regal(R) Scotch Whisky, Jameson(R) Irish Whiskey, Wild Turkey(R) Bourbon, Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin(R), Beefeater(R) Gin, Martell(TM) Cognac, Malibu(R) flavored Rum, Kahlua(R) Liqueur, Hiram Walker(TM) Liqueurs, Pernod(R) and Ricard(R); such superior wines as Jacob’s Creek(R) and Brancott Estate(R); and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier Jouet(R) Champagne, G.H. Mumm(R) Champagne and Mumm Napa(TM) wines.

The company is based in Purchase, New York, and has roughly 1,000 employees across the country.

Pernod Ricard USA urges all adults to consume its products responsibly and has an active campaign to promote responsible drinking.  For more information on this, please visit:

SOURCE  Pernod Ricard USA


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