Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon

Tastes As Pretty As Its Name

Chrystanthemum Cocktail

Save to Recipe Box
Add Private Note
Saved Add to List

    Add to List

Add Recipe Note


I’m a big fan of low-alcohol cocktails, vermouth-driven cocktails, the liqueur Benedictine, and absinthe, so not surprisingly the Chrysanthemum is one of my all-time favorite classic cocktails. It has largely gone unappreciated – you rarely find it on drink menus- but perhaps together we can change that by making the drink more popular. 

The drink tastes of the honey and spices from the Benedictine while the vermouth (remember to use a recently-opened bottle and store it in the refrigerator after opening) takes a background role. The absinthe is quite noticeable and it plays surprisingly well with the other ingredients. Don’t dismiss the garnish on this drink- it needs that orange peel to brighten up the drink.  

I like this drink served very cold. To get it that way, I keep the cocktail glass in the freezer or add ice to chill it before using. The vermouth is kept refrigerated (as should be yours), and I give it a long stir with the ice. 



2 fl. oz. Dry Vermouth
1 fl. oz. Benedictine
1 tsp. Absinthe
Orange Peel for Garnish

Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Zest and orange peel over the drink and drop in the peel. 



Leave a Comment


Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Delicious Dish

Find the inspiration you crave for your love of cooking

Fine Cooking Magazine

Subscribe today
and save up to 44%

Already a subscriber? Log in.


View All

Moveable Feast Logo

Season 4 Extras

Vercelli, Italy (510)

The home of Italy‚Äôs lush risotto rice, Vercelli lies in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean. Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking pays a…

View all Moveable Feast recipes and video extras


Follow Fine Cooking on your favorite social networks