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Frances of Rome
“Maison Premiere is a turn-of-the-century New Orleans–inspired absinthe, oyster, and cocktail bar. We have one of the largest selections of absinthe in the U.S., and we try to use a different one in each cocktail on our menu—not only because they all have different qualities, but also because we want to share with our guests the variety that’s available. Vieux Pontarlier is a traditional French absinthe verte, or green absinthe. It’s a pretty potent potable and you need something to stretch it out structurally. A whole egg is an emulsifier that also adds a distinct flavor and creamy mouthfeel. Benedictine is a cognac-based herbaceous spirit from France, and Campari is a bitter aperitif from Italy, so I named this cocktail after the Italian saint, Frances of Rome, because she was a Benedictine.”
Who Maxwell Britten, bar director
¾ ounce Vieux Pontarlier absinthe
½ ounce Benedictine
½ ounce Campari
¼ ounce demerara syrup*
1 whole egg
1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
Combine all ingredients except bitters in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously without ice for 20 seconds, then with ice for 30 seconds. Double strain into a poco grande glass. Fill with crushed ice, top with bitters, and garnish with a sprig of mint.
*Combine two parts raw brown sugar with one part water. Heat and stir until combined, then cool.
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