Raines Law Room's Self-Starter

[Photograph: Linda Xiao]

The Self-Starter from Raines Law Room in NYC is head bartender Meaghan Dorman's answer for the drinker who wants a martini, but nothing too strong.

Note: Dorman uses a small spray bottle to coat the glass with just the right amount of absinthe (two spritzes). If you don't have a spray bottle, just rinse the glass with a small amount of absinthe and dump out.

Raines Law Room's Self-Starter

About This Recipe

Yield:Makes 1 cocktail
Active time:3 minutes
Total time:3 minutes
Special equipment:Mixing glass, stirrer, strainer
This recipe appears in: How to Make the Self-Starter from Raines Law Room, NYC


  • 1/2 ounce Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot
  • 1 ounce Cocchi Americano
  • 1 1/2 ounces Plymouth gin
  • Absinthe (see note above)
  • Garnish: lemon twist


  1. 1

    Add Orchard Apricot, Cocchi Americano, and gin to mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds.

  2. 2

    Rinse coupe glass with absinthe and dump out (or use 2 sprays of a spray bottle). Strain drink into absinthe-rinsed glass and garnish with lemon twist. Serve immediately.

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