Cocktail Recipe: Attention!

Lately I’ve taken up an interest in mixed drinks and cocktails. This will be the first of many posts detailing recipes to which I’ve taken a liking, in addition (hopefully!) to some of my own creations.

Please excuse my cluttered kitchen windowsill.


The Attention cocktail is great fun for those who like spiritous and botanical drinks. All the flavors flow into each other extremely well, and it’s elegantly clear (in an almost sinister way).

Most of its flavor and aroma comes from the absinthe despite a minute quantity being used, so it’s important to use a good one here — I prefer St. George. The gin also contributes a good quantity of the botanical flavors, but if it’s too delicately flavored it can easily be overpowered, so I went with Broker’s, a solid mid-range choice.

Next thing on my booze to-do list is invest in some quality vermouth. Until then, the standard choice of Martini and Rossi will do just fine.

One thing I noticed is that Giffard creme de violette is a lot less blue than it probably should be. Using Rothman and Winters in this drink makes it a striking pale lavender. I slightly prefer the flavor and perfume of the Giffard creme de violette, though.

2 oz dry gin
1/4 oz creme de violette
1/4 oz absinthe
1/4 oz dry vermouth (I know, I need to step up my vermouth game… Suggestions are very welcome!)
2 dashes orange bitters.

Stir well with ice and strain into chilled glass. Express lemon oils on top and garnish with lemon peel.

This recipe is from Kate Simon’s excellent book of absinthe cocktails.