Digital improved reproduction of an illustration of, echter Wermut, Artemisia absinthium, wormwood, grand wormwood, absinthe, absinthium, absinthe wormwood, from an original print of the 19th century. (Photo by: Bildagentur-online/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Food - Drink
The Obituary Is An Absinthe-Soaked Riff On The Martini
Traditionally, the potent green liquor called absinthe is served with water and sugar to help cut its harsh bite of alcohol and strong mix of herbal flavors. Though a simple mix of absinthe, sugar, and water is something to be savored, the ever-exciting cuisine of New Orleans uses this divisive ingredient in a drink called the Obituary.
According to Punch, the Obituary was likely invented in NOLA's famed, centuries-old Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop bar somewhere in the early 1940s, and this absinthe-soaked concoction is a must-try for martini lovers. Like a classic martini, the Obituary uses gin and vermouth, and the gin must be strong enough to stand up to the absinthe.
Punch suggests using a classic London dry style gin, and Difford’s says that the classic Obituary ratio is 2 ounces of gin to 1/4 ounce of dry vermouth and 1/12 of an ounce of absinthe. The ingredients are stirred with ice and then strained into a cocktail glass for a martini-like sip with strong herbal anise and wormwood flavors.