Black Abe Lincoln / by LD

A couple of days ago I was perusing back through the archives of my blog (which was first published in June 2005 - we're coming up on five years, folks!), and I ran across this post I wrote nearly two years ago this month. One section in particular made me laugh, so for the further elucidation of the booze-swilling masses, I'll repost that section in its entirety:



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The Black Abe Lincoln*

Sunday night, Adam, Josh and I decided to celebrate Josh's long-awaited graduation from the nursing program at Biola (5 years is one long time, man) with a few drinks at the Pike. 

However Adam suggested that we share a cocktail beforehand to make the merriment, well, merrier. I'm not one to resist merriment, so I went along with it. The night was, in fact, overflowing with mirth and merriment, so below I've transcribed the recipe for the Adam Sjoberg Original Cocktail: The Black Abe Lincoln (with commentary, so you know how best to recreate the experience for yourself)

Ingredients:
100 ML bottle of Absinthe
187 ML bottle of gas station market Chardonnay, preferably something classy like Sutter Home.
1 sugar cube
1/2 cup water

To recreate this cocktail, it's important to add the ingredients exactly as Adam did. Begin by dumping the entire bottle of Chardonnay (slightly colder than room temp, preferably) into a glass.

[Me: What--WHAT are you doing? Are you going to mix the absinthe with the CHARDONNAY? Adam, that's gross.

Adam: Well you had absinthe and champagne at your birthday, it's the same thing.

Me: That's so gross.]

Now begin to pour the absinthe into the glass as well, with the intention of, I don't know, maybe stirring the whole thing with a spoon and slurping it up right then and there.

[Me: WHAT? You have to louche it. What is this? You're just pouring it straight in? I feel panicky.

Adam: What are you talking about?

Me: Go find the sugar cubes Ashley left over here from the last absinthe party. Ok, do you have a slotted spoon?

Adam: What?

Me: Get a spoon. Ok, put the sugar cube on the spoon--ADAM! QUIT POURING THE ABSINTHE STRAIGHT ONTO THE SUGAR! YOU HAVE TO USE WATER! IT HAS TO LOUCHE!]


Place a sugar cube on an unslotted spoon and pour half of the 100 ML bottle of absinthe over the cube quickly. Then fill another glass half full with lukewarm tap water and continue to pour over the sugar cube. When the cube inevitably doesn't dissolve, mash it with a spoon and stir it into your cocktail.

[Me: This is so gross. This is so gross. I don't know if I can drink this...

Adam, eyes wide: We should drink this with LICORICE STRAWS!

Josh: YEAH!

Me: GROSS.]


Bite the ends off of a standard piece of red licorice. Use as straw to delicately sip the Black Abe Lincoln cocktail.