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| November 7, 2014

At the end of a long day, nothing takes the edge off like a nice stiff drink. The only question is, which liquor should you pour yourself today?

Well, how about a bunch of them?

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The Arsenic and Old Lace cocktail at Maison Premiere in New York City is an expert blend of four different liquors and liqueurs, resulting in a strong, smooth, and strong mixed drink. It's described by head bartender Will Elliot as "a martini variation with a rinse of absinthe and a little bit of creme de violette," although we feel it might better described as a "glass of fragrant, delicious rocket fuel."

Watch the video above to see how Maison Premiere's impeccably dressed bartender mixes an Arsenic and Old Lace, then follow along with the recipe below and try recreating one at home. 


How to Make Maison Premiere's Arsenic and Old Lace Cocktail


  • 3 dashes orange bitters
  • ¼ oz. Duplaise Verte Absinthe
  • ½ oz. creme de violette
  • ¾ oz. dry vermouth
  • 1¾ oz. Plymouth Gin
  • 1 rind each of lemon and orange


  1. MIx bitters, absinthe, creme de violette, vermouth and gin in a mixing glass. Fill with ice.
  2. With a bar spoon or stirrer, stir the ingredients until well chilled.
  3. Strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Squeeze the lemon and orange rinds over the cocktail to infuse with citrus oil.
  4. Garnish with peels (if desired) and serve.