The Cocktail Gadabout #73


Negative Space

[February 2nd, 2017] I’m always looking for low octane drinks with which to commence an evening or enjoy when I don’t want either myself or my guests to become inebriated. Negative Space in the latest issue of Imbibe is just that kind of drink. Created by Maks Pazuniak from Jupiter Disco in Brooklyn, it occupies that delicate middle ground between the bolder flavours of high proof spirits and the subtlety of aperitifs. All that said, you kind have to like absinthe to enjoy this drink, and not everyone does.

What makes this drink in my mind, the secret ingredient so to speak, is the orange flower water. Available at most decent grocery stores and definitely at specialty stores, orange flower water is magic; instantly transforming an ordinary cocktail into a bouquet of exotic floral intrigue.  Getting your hands on Suze or Bonal isn’t so easy in Ontario but any aperitif could be substituted.


½ oz Suze (or other gentian) Aperitif
½ oz Lemon
½ oz Creme de Cacao Blanc
¼ oz Absinthe Blanc
3 drops Orange Flower Water
3 oz Chilled Prosecco (or other sparkling wine)


  1. Shake all ingredients except prosecco with ice and strain into a chilled flute.
  2. Top with prosecco.

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