Cheryl Lins is a legend. Well, a quiet legend with an obsession for absinthe. Previously, she was living in New Mexico in a yurt as a computer programmer and watercolorist. To escape the dry heat of the southwest, she moved to Delaware County, New York just for the hell of it. She moonlighted as a fishmonger in her quiet community when the history of absinthe ensnared her. She managed to acquire a still and eventually, in 2009, she acquired a distilling license. Now she makes and sells her magical bottles of the green fairy to accounts lucky enough to know about them.
If you’re curious about absinthe, Cheryl’s bottles are a good place to start. This is not the scary, hallucination-inducing stuff of turn-of-the-century Paris. These bottles are gently aromatic and complex. Mind-altering? Sure! But only that they’ll change your mind about how good an absinthe can be.
So you’re still reading. And tempted. And wondering, “Just how do I drink this stuff anyway?” The cheeky answer? With your mouth. The real answer? Slowly add ice water to a small bit of absinthe. No fancy devices required (although an old-school brouilleur is a thing of beauty) – just pour slowly from a pitcher of ice water. And while it’s traditional to pour the water over a sugar cube, Cheryl’s potions are so lovely and subtle and smooth, that we recommend trying them without first.
Delaware Phoenix Meadow of Love Absinthe
Meadow of Love Absinthe
(136 proof) (New York)
The Meadow of Love is often dubbed the “feminine” one.
You’ll see why once you poured yourself a helping. It possesses a wonderful herbal and flowery aroma. Wormwood smells galore with a sweet anise layer underneath. Creamy and mellow on the palate with notes of honey on the finish.
Dessert-y absinthe, if there ever was one.
Price: $39.99 (375ml)