Fenom, Absinthe Goes Clear
You've probably heard of absinthe, better known as the green fairy. The legendary herbal potion made its triumphant return to the cocktail world a few years back and since then has found favor with those looking for something a little unusual. A new "modern absinthe" called Fenom recently launched in Miami. The new absinthe is clear, lower-calorie liquor that is offers a more subtle herbal flavor. The lower alcohol content (80 proof/40 percent) and clear consistency are designed to increase drinkability. It has 63 calories per ounce and is made to be enjoyed without the addition of water and sugar, just served straight with ice, but also be used with mixers like soda. A recipe that made the rounds at Miami's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim called the Two Piece combined mint leaves, Fenom, lime juice, a half wheel of orange, simple syrup and ginger ale.
The new blend liquor is handcrafted and distilled at a family-owned facility located in Fougerolles, France, that has produced authentic absinthes for more than 100 years. All natural ingredients, including wormwood, fennel, anise, gentian and mugwort are blended together with natural spring water from the Vosges Mountains. It comes in a sexy mirrored bottle. So far it's only available in South Florida but it's on the move.