because christmas and cocktails both start with “c”.

A festive-looking and also tasty cocktail for the holidays is the Green Vesper. It’s a gin & vodka martini with absinthe instead of vermouth, and without the olive which really wouldn’t go with the licorice taste of the absinthe.


Three measures of gin, one measure of vodka, half a measure of absinthe. Shake in cocktail shaker until ice cold, strain into martini glass. Optional garnish is a peel of lime. Drink until jolliness and gaiety set in, which shouldn’t be long.


11 thoughts on “because christmas and cocktails both start with “c”.

  1. aczarnowski says:

    We haven’t quite broken the holiday liquor budget. It’s time to do that absinthe research and add a bottle to the cabinet.

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Ancient Woodsman says:

    A very Merry Christmas to our upper valley Granite State neighbors. May you enjoy the meaning & spirit of the season, and have a wonderful Happy New Year.

  3. Mike dodson says:

    Four-an-a-half shots of anything will virtually guarantee jolliness and frivolity. I still prefer to slowly drip my absinthe into a rounded flute of shaved ice. If one sits in a summer bower, one could think of it as the “Tree Snake.”

    Frohe Weihnachten und Gluckliches neues Jahr (give or take an umlaut or two).

  4. Gerry N. says:

    Just seeing the picture and reading the recipe helps me along my road to jolliness and gaity.
    Thanks, Marko and Merry Christmas

  5. Bing says:

    The Spirit of Christmas does NOT come in a bottle!
    Merry CHRISTmas and Happy New Year, God bless,

  6. Robert says:

    Which Absinthe did you use, Marko?

    • Marko Kloos says:

      LaFee NV Absinthe Verte, but any of the proper absinthes at the liquor store will do. They all taste pretty much the same. In a pinch, you could even use Pernod, although then you won’t get the green color.

  7. Tam says:

    I think we’ll be going with the house drink of Roseholme Cottage: St. Germaine & champagne, adjust proportions to taste.

    Merry Chrismakwanzunnakatide!

  8. MSgt B says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your whole family.
    Stay warm.

  9. 16wildacres says:

    “gin & vodka martini with absinthe instead of vermouth”

    I don’t drink, but I love to serve drinks. Vermouth is disputably part of a martini, but the anti-vermouth contingent is so strong and loud that I must emphasize the “disputably” qualifier. Vodka and absinthe absolutely do not belong in a martini. Olives may be served on the side as a snack. So far as I understand it martinis were invented to provide cover for the hard core “ginnie” who wanted a more socially acceptable presentation than drinking straight from the bottle.

  10. Weer'd Beard says:

    If you gave it a bit more time in the shaker, and a few gentle stirs will keep the martini crystal clear, and devoid of mini ice chunks.

    Seems interesting.

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