Named for one of the early 20th century's most recognized advertising mascots, the fictional Phoebe extolled the virtues of "clean" anthracite rail travel. What the drink has to do with her is anyone's guess. With its French ingredients, perhaps it's what one bartender imagined a sophisticated lady, dressed in white, would sip in a dining car on the Lackawanna Railroad.
- 1 1/2 ounces cognac
- 1 1/2 ounces Dubonnet
- 1 teaspoon absinthe (may substitute an absinthe stand-in, such as Pernod)
Fill a mixing glass halfway with ice. Add the cognac, Dubonnet and absinthe. Stir vigorously, then strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass.
Adapted from "Recipes for Mixed Drinks," by Hugo R. Ensslin (Fox Printing House, 1917; facsimile edition, Mud Puddle Books, 2009).
Tested by Michael Taylor.
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