If you are seeking a St. Patrick's Day sipper or an easy green drink that is both refreshing and intriguing, check out the Irish tea party cocktail. If you didn't use the absinthe, a Jameson Irish whiskey and green tea mix is great on its own, and a nice alternative to similar drinks such as the Jameson and ginger (without the carbonation). Yet, sometimes it is the little things that make a world of difference—it is the absinthe rinse that transforms this cocktail into something special. This recipe comes to us from Jameson Irish Whiskey.
- Pour the absinthe into a rocks glass and tilt the glass, rotating it, to coat the inside of the glass with the absinthe. Tip the glass to allow the absinthe to reach the rim of the glass, continuing to swirl. Once the glass is completely coated, pour out the remaining absinthe.
- Add ice to the glass.
- Pour the Jameson Irish whiskey over the ice.
- Add the green tea and garnish with a lime slice.
The Purpose of a Rinse
The point of a rinse in a cocktail recipe is to impart the cocktail with the flavor of a strong spirit without overwhelming the drink with that liquor's intense flavor.
The small amount of alcohol that has been used as a rinse will leave its characteristic taste inside the glass but won't have a major effect on the flavor of the finished recipe.
In this drink, despite the fact that the absinthe is just a little rinse, Pernod is a 136-proof spirit so you can't ignore it when estimating the alcohol content of the Irish tea party cocktail. However, it is still insignificant and this drink remains relatively mild, weighing in at right around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). In this case, the absinthe is included for taste, not potency.
Absinthe has a natural green color, lending it the nickname of the green fairy. It is flavored by herbs, traditionally grande wormwood, green anise, and florence fennel. Pernod Fils was one of the original distillers of absinthe until the drink was banned in France in 1914. Absinthe was being produced cheaply and its overconsumption became the target of social reformers. They exaggerated the effects of wormwood, one of the herbs used in absinthe, which has some mild psychoactive properties. There followed bans in many countries. Starting in the 1990s there was a resurgence in interest in absinthe in the United Kingdom, where it had never been formally banned. Bans were overturned in many countries in the following years. Artisanal distillers now produce it in the U.S. as well.