Based on the Suissesse cocktail in Stanley Clisby Arthur's Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix 'Em from 1937, this drink calls for much more absinthe than most cocktails featuring the strong anise spirit. But it's balanced with cream, frothy egg white and sweet almond-flavored syrup. It is traditionally shaken but can be made in the blender for an even frothier outcome.
Add the cream, absinthe, orgeat, egg white and orange flower water, if using, to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. Add crushed ice and shake for another 15 seconds. Strain into a collins glass filled with crushed ice.
If making in a blender, add the ingredients and 1 cup ice and blend until smooth.
Consumption of raw or undercooked eggs, shellfish and meat may increase the risk of foodborne illness.
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