Last Updated on February 10, 2024 by David Michael

Obituary Cocktail

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The Obituary Cocktail, although its name may suggest somber connotations, is a captivating blend of flavors. Contrary to its funereal name, this cocktail is a celebration of taste and tradition.

A relative of a Dry Gin Martini, the Obituary is brightened with a splash of absinthe. The anise flavor enhances the herbal dry vermouth and really showcases the gin. A twist of lemon squeezed into the drink brings it all together.

Obituary Recipe

2 ounces gin
¼ ounce dry vermouth
¼ ounce absinthe
Garnish: lemon twist

In a mixing glass half filled with ice, combine the gin, vermouth, and absinthe.
Stir well.
Strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with lemon twist.

For the gin I use a London Dry style gin. The clean juniper flavor is set off perfectly with the absinthe. The absinthe will turn cloudy when it gets diluted with melting ice as it chills. This is totally normal and is known as louching. Different brands of absinthe all louche a bit differently.

The Obituary Cocktail is more than a drink; it’s a tribute, a story, and a journey through flavors and memories. Crafting this cocktail is an art, and sipping it is an experience that melds the past and present, honoring the lives we cherish. Raise a glass of this unique blend, and let it be a toast to the beautiful tapestry of memories that make life truly remarkable.

Be sure to try our Dry Martini recipe too. The Obituary would make a great addition to a Home Martini Bar also!
The Obituary is a natural for any Halloween party, check out our post All Things Halloween for more.

Browse all of our cocktail recipes in our Cocktail Recipe Index.

Recommended Products for the Obituary Cocktail

Riedel Vinum Martini Glasses

At just over 5 ounces these are the perfect size for the Obituary. The Vinum line is dishwasher safe and has all the elegance and quality you expect from Riedel.

 Riedel VINUM Martini Glasses, Set of 2 - ,Clear

Mixing Glass by Riedel

Also featured in the photo above, I have been using the Riedel mixing glass for nearly all of my stirred cocktails. It’s a nice heavy glass that holds 22 ounces. Plenty of room to make two Obituaries at the same time – even doubles.

Riedel Mixing Glass

Stainless Bar Spoon by Barfly

I prefer these stainless steel barspoons from Barfly. They are high quality commercial grade. They come in a great selection of finishes, but stainless is what I always go for.

Bar Spoon by Barfly

Stainless Julep Strainer by Barfly

I love this julep style strainer. It’s just the right size for the Riedel mixing glass. I have the stainless, but it’s available in several great finishes.

Stainless Julep Strainer by Barfly

Black Linen Cocktail Napkins

Elegant and gothic, these black linen cocktail napkins are the perfect finishing touch for your Obituary Cocktail.

Black linen cocktail napkins

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