The drink: Pontarlier Julep
The bar: Maison Premiere
The price: $13
The ingredients: La Clandestine absinthe, Plymouth gin, Aperol, sweet vermouth, orange flower water
The buzz: Maison Premiere recently rolled out with a spring cocktail menu featuring four different juleps, none of which is of the classic mint variety. Though the Pontarlier Julep is garnished with a full sprig of mint, smooth Swiss La Clandestine absinthe– endowed with strong anise and subtle fennel flavors–is its main ingredient. Aperol gives the drink low notes of bitter citrus, while sweet vermouth and Plymouth gin add herbal touches and a bit of sweetness to the mix.