Absintini Ballot (Absinthe Martini)

This absintini ballot is a fun cocktail for election season! Made with just 3 ingredients and served cold, you will love drinking this for your election night coverage party.

What is a Absinthe Martini cocktail?

The Absintini Ballot is a Gin Absinthe Martini with a bit more Absinthe. It is traditionally served in a chilled Martini Glass.

I’m a big absinthe fan and being able to mix it into a traditional cocktail like a Martini just brings out the Juniper in the Gin and the Anise in the absinthe.


I stumbled upon this drink when I decided I wanted to shake up my Gin drinking a bit. Saw a bottle of Absinthe and a light bulb went off. Gin and Absinthe would taste amazing together. And was I right, later on found out others had similar ideas, though I like my version better since it carries more absinthe flavor.

Background 3 bottles of liquor (absinthe, gin, vermouth). Foreground Shaker, Strainer, Martini Glass.


Here is what you need to make this absinthe cocktail:

  • Gin
  • Absinthe
  • Dry Vermouth


Shaker Tin

Martini Glass

Bar Spoon

Hawthorne Strainer

Instruction Overview

Put ice in a cocktail shaker or mixing glass.

Pour in Gin, Absinthe, and Vermouth.

Stir until well chilled.

Strain into a martini glass.

Absinthe Martini Cocktail close up with green olive and American flag decor in background.


What kind of alcohol is in it?
Can you use Vodka instead of Gin?

Gin is the main liquor with a bit of absinthe as well. You can swap out Gin for Vodka.

What’s Absinthe taste like?

It tastes like black licorice.

What type of glass should this be served in?

Traditionally a Martini glass.

Can I serve it on the rocks?

Martini’s normally are served straight up after chilling but you can serve it on the rocks but I would recommend drinking it quickly or it will dilute.

Can I use sweet vermouth?

You can switch in sweet vermouth or do 50/50.

The Olive Twist

This Absinthe Cocktail is heavy hitting with the licorice flavor so if that’s not you’re favorite you could dial it back or even just spritz the glass with absinthe and not mix it in at all. Of course you can go Vodka instead of Gin or sweet vermouth if you want a little more sweetness. If you really want to sweeten it up swap in Rum instead of the Gin.

Top down picture of Absintini Ballot Cocktail with green olive in a Martini glass on top of red white blue checkered clothe. American flag background.

Absintini Ballot

The Absintini Ballot is a Gin Absinthe Martini with a bit more Absinthe. It is traditionally served in a chilled Martini Glass.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1 drink
Calories 140 kcal


  • 1 Martini Glass
  • 1 Hawthorne Strainer or any other strainer
  • 1 Shaker Tin or mixing glass
  • 1 Bar Spoon or any other stirring instrument


  • 2 ounces Gin
  • 1/2 ounce Dry Vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce Absinthe


  • Fill shaker tin or mixing glass with ice.
  • Pour Gin, Dry Vermouth, and Absinthe in.
  • Stir until very chilled.
  • Strain into chilled martini glass

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