Absinthe from Hendrick’s? If this raised some eyebrows, you’re not alone. Absinthe has long been thought to be an “unrefined” spirit that carried fantastical myths.
For instance, consuming the spirit was thought to send one into a delirious state and be a prime witness to the rumoured green fairies. Its violent-induced history didn’t do it any favours either, for it was even deemed responsible for a murderous tirade fueled by a man’s drunken stupor. “The absinthe made him do it.”
Hendrick’s, however, is set to tackle absinthe’s unruly reputation and reimagine it with an unexpectedly floral and refreshingly approachable palette. Hendrick’s Absinthe is bottled at a lower ABV of 48%, comprising an all-natural flavour profile with no colour added, ensuring a clear expression of absinthe to further aid mixability.
In creating this, Hendrick’s Master Distiller, Ms Lesley Gracie, deems absinthe as “a cousin to gin, in that it is a botanically flavoured spirit - just with a different palette of botanicals to play with.” The recipe champions the use of wormwood, star anise, and seven additional botanicals, including Hendrick’s Gin’s signature infusions of rose and cucumber.
To celebrate the launch of Hendrick’s Absinthe in Singapore, 20 renowned bars across the city have each created a Hendrick’s Absinthe cocktail. From now until 23 October, try the specially-crafted cocktails at ATLAS Bar, Barbary Coast Ballroom, Barbary Coast Deadfall, Employees Only, Fat Prince, Jekyll & Hyde, Jigger & Pony, Low Tide, Manhattan, Night Hawk, Nutmeg & Clove, Papa Doble, Revival, Sago House, Stay Gold Flamingo, Sugarhall, TESS Bar, Writers Bar, The Bar @ 15 Stamford and Nemesis