Jewish Absinthe

Dave Wondrich developed this drink for Brooklyn’s beloved (if short-lived) Chickenbone Café to make use of the local booze, a 101-proof kosher bourbon. A potent mix of Old Williamsburg, as the stuff is called, Spanish anisette, and mint, this cocktail looks like absinthe and tastes like absinthe—and you won’t feel like cutting your ear off (but do watch your tuchus). If you can’t get ahold of Old Williamsburg, any strong bourbon will do. You’ll have to come up with a different name, though.

2 ounces Old Williamsburg 101-proof bourbon
1/2 ounce Anis del Mono (Spanish anisette)
8 to 10 leaves mint

Shake viciously for 10 to 15 seconds and strain through a fine-meshed strainer into a chilled cocktail glass.