Chrysanthemum Cocktail

Robert discovered the Chrysanthemum Cocktail in the Savoy Cocktail Book. This unique cocktail does not contain a base spirit as most cocktails typically do. In its recipe it utilizes only absinthe, Benedictine, and dry vermouth.


1 1/2 dry vermouth

3/4 oz Benedictine

1/8 oz Absinthe


  • stir with ice
  • strain into a cocktail glass
  • garnish with an orange twist

  • Comments

    Lazlo Hollyfeld 11 Oct 2011
    10:18 am

    Thanks Robert ... I was looking for something to really showcase Benedictine in a way where it wouldn’t be playing second fiddle to the whiskey, gin, or cognac.  I love that liqueur and think this might be a good way to introduce folks to its flavor in an accessible way.

    blair frodelius 14 Oct 2011
    9:01 am

    What I like about these style cocktails, is that they are low alcohol.  Somehow more refreshing and elegant.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a Sazerac, but I can only have a few of those.



    Robert Hess 14 Oct 2011
    9:07 am

    There is definately something to be said for having drinks which don’t “take you out”. Which is one of the reasons I am a BIG fan of the smaller portions, like they used to serve. When you see cocktail glasses from the pre-prohibition days which were 3 to 5 ounces in size, compared to glasses which rarely go below 7 ounces today, you can’ help but realize that things were a little different back then.


    Rhett 25 Jan 2012
    12:18 am

    I am currently going through a Benedictine binge (having just picked up my first bottle for the home-bar), and also going through a phase of trying to better develop my vermouth palate. It’s just not a flavour I enjoy that much in general, and as such I was apprehensive to try some of these drinks you’ve been posting using vermouth as a base.
    But I sucked it up and went for it, and now that I’m sipping this one, I have to say thank you for sharing, Robert! It’s a seriously delicious and interesting cocktail. I love how the herbal flavours from each ingredient play with each other here.
    Another vermouth-heavy drink worth trying (especially if you’re like me and don’t love the flavour of vermouth by itself) is the Swan Cocktail, courtesy of one of my favourite bars in Seattle, The Hideout:


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