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Sailors in the drink (8)


I believe the answer is:


'drink' is the definition.
(absinthe is a kind of drink)

'sailor's in the' is the wordplay.
'sailor's' becomes 'ab's' (abbreviation for able seaman).

(Other definitions for absinthe that I've seen before include "Aniseed flavoured liqueur" , "Green liqueur flavoured with wormwood and anise" , "Liqueur - the basin (anag)" , "Green aniseed liqueur" , "Potent green gin-type liquor - wormwood" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun, The Guardian and The Telegraph.
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