Self-Starter Cocktail Recipe

The Self-Starter Cocktail is tiny in proportions, as it doesn’t need much to give you the push for an excellent drink. Full of French influence, from the Lillet Blanc to Abinsinthe, Apricot Brandy, and a bit of British gin to round it out.

Self starter cocktail recipe

A light spring or summertime cocktail, refreshing and easy to sip as you bask in the sun.

Enjoy it alongside some French appetizers.

The ingredients are full of French influence, with the gin being the only ingredient not originating from France.

Light citrus tones, where the absinthe brings balance without overpowering the rest of the ingredients, as they all pair nicely together.

If you haven’t tried Lillet blanc, it is like a sweet white wine which comes through the most out of all ingredients.

I see this as an excellent cocktail to have at a picnic.

Self-Starter Cocktail

Michael Kahn
Light and refreshing, the Self-Starter Cocktail is a superbly understated summertime drink that is easy to sip as you bask in the sun. With a hint of French influence, the combination of Lillet Blanc, Abinsinthe, Apricot Brandy, and British gin create an incredibly balanced cocktail.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Cocktail
Cuisine French
Servings 1 Cocktail
Calories 62 kcal


  • 1/8 oz Apricot Brandy Symbole National XO used
  • 3/8 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1/2 oz Dry Gin Tanqeray 10 used
  • 2 dashes Absinthe Any from Switzerland or France, no color


  • Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.


Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 62kcalCarbohydrates: 1gSodium: 1mgSugar: 1g
Keyword absinthe, Apricot Brandy, Brandy, Gin, Lillet Blanc
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