How to stay in good form whilst drinking Absinthe

“Whiskey and beer are for fools; absinthe for poets;
absinthe has the power of the magicians; it can wipe out
or renew the past, and annul or foretell the future.”

Ernest 1867-1900

It’s hard to say no to a drink that is apparently magic? Even pop culture tells us a swig will consequent in Kylie Mingoue making an impromptu cameo, green glitter everywhere! So how to drink the celestial drop whilst keeping in good form? …or ‘good form’?

Okay, I may of cheated with semantics however if we were going to be technical, Absinthe is unequivocally French. If we were in France, instead of saying ‘good form’ we would say ‘le bon ton’… so to Le Bon Ton we go!

Meet Le Bon Ton! Where absinthe runs free, and half the bar is made from champagne boxes 🇫🇷

Meet Le Bon Ton! Where absinthe runs free, and half the bar is made from champagne boxes 🇫🇷

Despite my undeniable logic, Le Bon Ton isn’t actually French per se, but is orientated towards a New Orleans style bar/diner. It has a 24 hours license (which allows it to be open until 6am on weekends) has an oyster room, absinthe salon, smokehouse, cocktail bar, and my favourite – a fairy light illuminated beer garden!

fairylights

Fairy lights make everything better, fact.

So what exciting cocktails can you expect!

You can expect ALL the cocktails!

You can expect ALL the cocktails!

The cocktail list is long, in depth, amazing and has something for everyone. I made sure to test this by getting a variation.

First up!

Bartender, can I please have something fruity and fun?

Meet the hurricane - which also happens to be on tap!

Meet the hurricane – which also happens to be on tap!

This one happens to be the number one best seller, thus the fact its on tap makes it all the better! Described as one of the most visible drinks if you were going to visit the French Quarter of New Orleans. The birth of this drink originates during World War II when it was so hard to import Scotch Whisky that the only way a bar could secure even just a single case from a liquor salesmen was by also purchasing as many as 50 cases of Rum! So to help shift the abundance stock, The Hurricane was created; Rum + fresh pressed citrus + passionfruit + pomegranate = Rum be gone!

Bartender, I need something with a kick.

The Le Bon Ton Martini

The Le Bon Ton Martini

If anyone has read my previous posts they will understand why this one excited me so much. Made with Dutch Courage Gin, Dry Vermouth, a splash of Manzanilla Sherry, an olive that has been stuffed with a smoked almond by hand and a novel spray of Scotch Whisky to finish off – there’s no room for disappointment.

Bartender… Can I have the peanut butter one?

My favourite, I have a weakness for milky alcoholy goodness...

My favourite, I have a weakness for milky alcoholy goodness… name: PB + Jamo

My ultimate favourite! I can enjoy my spirits neat, prefer my drinks without a mixer – but if the description contains such words as “egg-nog” or “Reese’s Peanut Butter”, I’m going to have 6 before the hours up. In full: a wintery Egg-Nog with herbal Benedictine, rich Muscat wine and Jameson Irish Whisky infused with Reese’s Peanut Butter then garnished with grated nutmeg. If I wasn’t aiming for ‘variation’ I would’ve most definitely stuck to these all night…

Bartender! I need variation before I order another PB + Jamo…

The Mojo Hannah, this one made me temporarily forget about peanut butter...

The Mojo Hannah, this one made me temporarily forget about peanut butter…

Containing Spiced Rum, fresh watermelon, white chocolate liqueur and a hint of citrus and Absinthe – it did not disappoint. Even after peanut butter egg nog, this one was like every cocktail above in one! As I said before, this place has it all!

Then what do you do when you’ve tried everything but the Kitchen Sink? You order a Kitchen Sink….

The Kitchen Sink Salad ft. Fried Chicken

The Kitchen Sink Salad ft. Fried Chicken

I can’t think of more perfect drinking food, shared among friends it tasted like Nachos but was in fact salad and if thats not enough, they possibly have the best fried chicken I’ve ever had.

To stalk it yourself:

Le Bon Ton, http://www.lebonton.com.au/ , 51 Gipps Street Collingwood

Prost!

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Some people do Cross Fit for strength, I prefer Dutch Courage!

What is Dutch Courage!?

noun
  1. strength or confidence gained from drinking alcohol.
...has anyone seen Flight? I don't know about you, but if I have to drive with two hands on the wheel. So does he.

…has anyone seen Flight? I don’t know about you, but if I have to drive with two hands on the wheel – so does he.

I have many reasons why I choose Dutch Courage:

Primarily, it’s historically exciting and theoretically proven via a war that lasted 30 years – creatively named “The Thirty Year War” which was one of the longest and most destructive conflicts in European history. If drinking rum before 10am makes you a Pirate, I definitely would go as far as saying drinking gin in your waking hours makes you a seasoned soldier. Secondly, I can’t do a hand stand to save my life, so Cross Fit was never an option.

Me last Tuesday.

Me last Tuesday.

When I practise the art of Dutch Courage, I usually don’t discriminate and don’t dismiss anything with an alcohol content higher than 4%, however if you want to be historically accurate, Dutch Gin also known as jenever or genièvre is the way to go.

Jenever which translates as Juniper was well known as the medical cure for many health concerns back in the day, including The Black Plague which claimed over 25 million lives… to think, if they only had more gin…

Notes to take home:

  1. Gin will give you the strength of a warrior without having to sign up to a gym.
  2. It’s a superfood – never heard goji berries or kale helping cure the bubonic plague.
  3. It’s delicious.

So imagine my delight when I went out to get a bottle of gin to experiment with and found this handsome number:

When life just works...

When life just works…

Oh yeah, I got excited.

So how should you prepare your dose of Dutch Courage? Well, I’m glad you asked.

Some Ginspiration

White lady

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I’m sure this is what the soldiers strolled into battle with…

45ml Gin
15ml Triple Sec (I’m using Peach Schnapps.)
30ml Lemon Juice
10ml Sugar Syrup (I went with 5ml agave)
1 egg white

  1. Add all ingredients into shaker (or nutribullet) without ice, shake (or blend) until fluffy, then add ice momentarily to chill.
  2. Double strain into coupette.
  3. Enjoy!

Southside Fizz

Can't go 5 posts without a fancy mason jar cocktail ;) #thepeerpressuresofsociety

Can’t go 5 posts without a fancy mason jar cocktail 😉 #thepeerpressuresofsociety

60ml Gin
30ml Lime Juice
15ml Sugar Syrup
7 Mint Leaves ***
Soda Water

  1. Put Gin, lime, & sugar syrup in a shaker. Shake-shake-shake!
  2. Get the mint leaves, clap to allow the minty freshness to exude, then add to shaker. Don’t shake-shake-shake, instead, stir briskly.
  3. Top with soda!
  4. Garnish with mint, and look down at your masterpiece in sheer awe and enjoy!

*** I don’t like shaking mint because I find it makes cocktails bitter. Little experiment to decide for yourself: put a mint leaf on your tongue and you’ll taste a minty sweetness, then bite the leaf and taste how bitter it gets. You’re welcome.

Happy sipping and enjoy your long weekend Melbourne peeps! For everyone else, happy Friday!

Prost!