MxMo XLVI: Absinthe – Chrysanthemum Cocktail

The theme of MxMo XLVI (February 2010), which hosted at Thinking of Drinking (actually it is a great blog with great name, the name of this blog is (realy!) the description of my life), is Absinthe. Great choice, Sonja!

The absinthe is one of the great alcohol beverage in the world. It has interesting and dramatic story, mystic way and cloud of pseuds. I do not have real absinthe in my bar, actually. Now I has one of the popular imitation of absinthe – italian liqueur caled XENTA Abseta (with real wormwood contetnt as specified) and historic substitute of absinthe – Pernod. Pernod is one of my favorite liquors, some cocktails with Pernod, like Monkey Gland or Gloom Riser are my favorite cocktails.

The Absinthe Drip (with absinthe spoon and sugar cube) (Бокал с абсентом)

Usually absithe consumed with a lump of sugar and ice-cold water (Absinthe drip). In this way also consumes Pernod and pastis (for pastis like Ricard sugar is optional).

The Pernod Drip (Бокал с Перно, разбавленным ледяной водой)

For this MxMo I prepared two interesting old cocktails with Pernod. First cocktail is famous Chrysanthemum Cocktail, which was found at CocktailDB:

The Chrysanthemum Cocktail (Коктейль Хризантема)

Chrysanthemum Cocktail

30 ml dry vermouth
30 ml Benedictine
15 ml Pernod
Stir. Cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

The Chrysanthemum Cocktail has unique taste. In the palate are sweet notes, a lot of herbs notes, mint, light honey, star anise… It is awesome cocktail. Actually I was fascinated by Chrysanthemum Cocktail with my first sip.

Also I use in this cocktail XENTA Absenta. The result is not so great, but an interesting too.

If you don`t have the Benedectine in your liquor cabinet you may use in the Chrysanthemum Cocktail sweet vermouth instead Benedictine. The Chrysanthemum Cocktail turn into Duchess Cocktail in this way.

The Duchess Cocktail (Коктейль Графиня)

Duchess Cocktail

30 ml sweet vermouth
30 ml dry vermouth
15 ml Pernod
Stir. Cocktail glass.

The Duchess Cocktail has sweet, herbal and anise flavor similar to Chrysanthemum Cocktail. The palate of the Duchess Cocktail is not so rich as Chrysanthemum but so interesting.


This interesting cocktail was found on Esquire Drink Database and stand me in good stead on St. Patrick’s Day.

The Brainstorm Cocktail


60 ml Irish whiskey
8 ml dry vermouth
8 ml Benedictine
Shake. Cocktail glass, garnish with twist of orange peel.

I use Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey for this cocktail. The Brainstorm Cocktail has strong taste with slightly smoky taste of whiskey.

Monkey Gland

This peculiar cocktail has an exciting story and two main versions – English and American. You can read very interesting article by Gary Regan here. I tested a Monkey Gland cocktail sometime ago and used an Anisette liqueur instead Pernod and it was very interesting. Now I’ve decided to explore this cocktail with Pernod, Ricard and Benedictine.

The Monkey Gland Cocktail (Коктейль Манки Глэнд)

I use the following recipe of a Monkey Gland Cocktail:

Two red cocktails (Два красных коктейля)

Monkey Gland

45 ml gin
45 ml fresh orange juice
1 tsp. grenadine
1 tsp. Pernod (or Ricard, or Benedictine)
Shake. Old-fashioned glass.

Monkey Gland Cocktail with Pernod has bright and very interesting taste. Undoubtedly, it’s my choice. I prefer to use a hot process homemade grenadine for gorgeous color and real taste.

The Monkey Gland Cocktail with Ricard has so sweet taste. It’s steel good :) By the way, you should know that some great bartenders make this cocktail with Ricard.

Monkey Gland Cocktail with Benedictine is a rather different cocktail. It has a very interesting herbal flavor and taste.

As a rule modern versions of Monkey Gland Cocktail are a bit strongest and served in a cocktail glass.

The Monkey Gland Cocktail (Коктейль Железа Обезьяны)

Monkey Gland

45 ml gin
45 ml fresh orange juice
1 tsp. grenadine
1 tsp. Benedictine (or Pernod)
Shake. Cocktail glass.

This Monkey Gland Cocktail is a real short drink. Actually, this is so interesting version, but anyway my choice is an old-style Monkey Gland Cocktail with 1 to 1 ratio. But this version is also quite good.