1 oz Gin
3⁄4 oz Aromatized wine, Cocchi Americano (original calls for Kina Lillet)
1⁄4 oz Apricot liqueur
2 ds Absinthe

Stir, strain, up.


The Trader Vic's ratios are slightly different: http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/2010/05/self-starter.html . Erik Ellestad recommends apricot eau de vie in place of the liqueur.

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  • Might be worth retrying with a spritz of Herbsaint rather than the dashes. — ★★★★
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Dan commented on 1/04/2014:

I merged the existing "Self-Starter" into this. I posted this first version, but it does have as good attribution, and incorrectly had twice the gin (2 oz).