Marisa Chafetz / Supercall

This obscure classic cocktail is a haughty after dinner drink that was once popular in elite gentlemen's clubs during Prohibition. Made with a heavy pour of Cognac, crème de menthe and a touch of absinthe, this minty refresher is a deceptively boozy tipple. While its origins are murky at best, rumor has it that the cocktail was made with crème de menthe and a garnish of fresh mint to hide the smell of alcohol on an imbiber’s breath after drinking at an illegal speakeasy.

Dry, Savory


  • 2.25 oz Cognac
  • 0.75 oz Crème de Menthe
  • 1 dash Absinthe
  • Mint sprig
  • Mint leaf


Step one

Add the crème de menthe, Cognac and absinthe to a mixing glass. Top with ice and stir.

Step two

Using a Julep strainer, strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.

Step three

Garnish with a fresh mint leaf.

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Mix It Up!

To replicate the original method for making the cocktail, which is more diluted, shake it instead of stirring. Using a Boston shaker, muddle mint with the measure of crème de menthe and a dash of absinthe. Add the Cognac and cubed ice to the pint glass and top with a shaker tin. Shake. Using a Hawthorne strainer and a fine mesh sieve, double strain the shaken cocktail into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf.

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