Ladies and Gentlemen,
The cowbell playing howler monkey and the Lush staff presents…St. George Absinthe Verte! Drink green, trust me. It is legal, and back with a mean, green vengence. Check it out at swanky Chicago bars or ask your favorite, trusty bartender to snatch up a few bottles of this baby and make you delectable, delirious green cocktails. St. George, the first and perhaps only American-made Absinthe, is made by the master distiller behind Hangar One…seriously limited production and availability on the verte. The flavors are intense, complex, and balanced.
Official tasting notes:
St. George Spirits Absinthe Verte is made with fine brandy, star anise, mint, wormwood, lemon balm, hyssop, meadowsweet, basil, fennel, tarragon and stinging nettles. This infamous liquor reveals seductive flavors of anise complimented with sweet grassy tones, light citrus, white pepper, and light menthol notes.
‘At 120-proof, the sage-colored spirit is a monster, but cut with some cold water it revealed complex layers of hyssop, lemon balm and all sorts of anisey, licoricey action derived from star fennel, tarragon and—naturally—wormwood. For anyone who’s only drunk sweet, synthetic-tasting ersatz “absinthe,” give the spirit another chance. It took Winters and his team 32 tries (and eight official rejections from the TTB, which approves all alcoholic-beverage packaging) to get the bottle and label for his Absinthe Verte approved. One of the earlier versions featured a howling monkey beating a human skull with femur bones. The TTB rejected this display of primal percussion, so Winters swapped a the skull out for a cowbell—a reference to the most-quoted Saturday Night Live skit of the YouTube era. When the TTB rejected the human skull version, Winters said, “I asked them: ‘How about a monkey wearing a suit, reclining in a wingback chair?’ They said, ‘Fine.’ The TTB doesn’t have a tremendous sense of humor. They’re like a bunch of nuns. I don’t think they got the cowbell thing, either.”’ (http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/mouthing-off/2008/3/12/St-George-Absinthe-Now-With-60-Percent-More-Cowbell)
Give the green fairy a high five for me! Get creative with your cocktail skills and try it yourself…throw an absinthe party and get wild. Love it. Drink it. Share it.
Rachel Lea Driver