Earthquake Cocktail Recipe


The Earthquake cocktail was supposedly invented by a French painter named Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. It is made with equal parts of Absinthe and Cognac, although some recipes suggest Gin as the third component. As the name suggests, it is called Earthquake because of the powerful effects of this specific alcohol combination, which tends to shake up the consumer.


  • 90 ml/ 3 oz. Absinthe
  • 90 ml/ 3 oz. Cognac


  1. Pour the Absinthe and the Cognac into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well until chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish a lime wheel.


The original recipe calls for equal parts of Absinthe and Cognac, 90ml/ 3 oz. each. However, some suggest this is too strong and advise to lower the amounts to 30 ml/ 1 oz. of Absinthe and 30 ml/ 1 oz. Cognac. Also, Gin is sometimes added to the cocktail and Pernod can be used instead of Absinthe.


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  2. Absinthe | USA | UK* | Germany*
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