New Absinthe Mata Hari Cocktails!

I actually got to be the taste-tester for these original Absinthe Mata Hari cocktails, developed by Bryce Hardy. I can tell you my personal favorite is The Bohemian Mojito, but the Cherry Life Saver is delicious and tastes just like the candy, and the Courtesan packs a punch but tastes great too. If you’re thinking about throwing an Absinthe Party, serve up a few of these along with the traditional ritual—it’s a modern spin with the mixable Absinthe!

Cherry Life Saver

1 1/2 oz. Cherry Vodka
1 oz. Absinthe Mata Hari
1 oz. Hiram Walker Triple Sec
1 oz. Cranberry Juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry.

The Bohemian Mojito

6-8 Mint Leaves
2 lime wedges
2 dashes Simple Syrup
1 oz. Bacardi Limon
1 oz. Absinthe Mata Hari
Soda Water to top

Throw the mint leaves in the bottom of a Collins glass. Squeeze in the juice of two lime wedges, and add the wedges to the shaker. Add the simple syrup and muddle. Add the remaining ingredients and tumble. Return to Collins glass. Top with soda water and garnish with a generous sprig of mint.

The Courtesan

1 part Absinthe Mata Hari
1 part Southern Comfort
1 part Lime Juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into a chilled shot glass.


OVAL Vodka Launch Party

Last week Oval vodka officially kicked off in Georgia with a huge bash at Opera Nightclub in Atlanta. The launch party drew in over 1,000 guests and E! Entertainment Television was there filming for their new show “Wild on VIP,” hosted by Mark Long and Trishelle Cannatella from MTV’s Road Rules and Real World. In one segment, Mark & Trishelle learn how to make an Oval cocktail and get to taste-test the results! The show will air on E! in late November (more updates when I get an exact date).

Also in attendance was Jamal Anderson, former Atlanta Falcons running back, who got the crowd going with a guest spot as emcee. All the bars in the club were stocked with Oval Vodka, and the VIP section featured Oval bottle service and premium cocktails. The club’s several flat screen televisions ran Oval’s distillation animation on loop throughout the night. The party was a great success. Thanks Atlanta, for the southern hospitality!