Ever tried absinthe? Until a few years ago, it was only known by those who'd seen Eurotrip, but after the US ban was lifted it's become a staple ingredient in some of Chicago's craziest cocktails. Here's a few to, er, hallucinate over….
This is the Hamilton of absinthe cocktails. It comprises Basil Hayden 8-year bourbon, orgeat syrup, and absinthe. After the performance art of a tonka fog being poured over the top, you’ll have a perfectly aromatic drink that’s worthy of both of the greetings it’s named after. 101 E. Erie St., Fl. 20, 312-667-6793
This drink is exactly what you want a trip to your CPA to be like this season: simple. Here, bubbly Mexican mineral water combines with absinthe to make a refreshing digestive that doubles as an aperitif. And unlike your actual income tax, you’ll be okay ponying up the cash to pay for this cocktail. 5959 N. Broadway, 773-897-9165
Got a buddy who’s a Jimmy Buffet fan? Grab a grass skirt and give this tiki twist on absinthe a try. It’s contains bourbon, aged Guatemalan and Dominican rum, pineapple, lemon, pomegranate, Curaçao, honey, Falernum, allspice, Angostura bitters, and absinthe, and is large enough to share with several other Parrotheads. 3154 W. Diversey Ave., 773-293-6048
When you have two exclamation points in your name, you definitely mean business. With a combo of Koval 4 grain whiskey, Blackstar apple brandy, bitters, and absinthe rouge, this cocktail—which you’ll find in the basement bar below Pops for Champagne—definitely deserves the extra punctuation. 601 N. State St., 312-266-7677
Stuck in the suburbs? Oak Park is up to date on this spirit trend, touting a Euro twist on an old classic. Their Sazerac is made with Copper & Kings absinthe, Koval rye, Peychaud’s bitters, and simple syrup. It might even be worth battling Eisenhower traffic to get one. 734 Lake St., Oak Park, 708-628-3454
At The Barrelhouse Flat, Remember The Maine is made with Rittenhouse bottled-in-bond rye, punt e mes sweet vermouth, cherry heering, and absinthe. Order one in the low lighting and it’s perfect for either a date or swiping through your matches alone in a dark corner. 2624 Lincoln Ave., 773-857-0421