Understanding How To Drink Absinthe

If you wish to


know how to drink Absinthe first you need to understand what Absinthe is. Absinthe is actually a mystical and mythical distilled liquor made out of an alcohol base, like wine, and flavored with herbs which includes common wormwood (artemisia absinthium), fennel and aniseed. It has an anise flavor and it is usually green colored, although La Bleue styles are transparent.

Absinthe is very strong, as much as 75% ABV and about doubly strong as spirits just like vodka or whisky. It had been famously prohibited in early 1900s due to its thujone content. Thujone, in wormwood, was thought to be like THC in cannabis, and to be psychoactive and cause psychedelic effects. It is now known that Absinthe only contains very small quantities of thujone and it is perfectly safe to drink moderately.

Absinthe supporters include Van Gogh, Degas, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway who famously conceived an Absinthe cocktail referred to as “Death in the Afternoon” – a mixture of Absinthe and champagne. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, it is claimed, drank a “Tremblement de Terre” (Earthquake) which has been 1 part Absinthe combined with 1 part cognac!

How to Drink Absinthe in your own home

In Absinthe bars your Absinthe will likely be prepared for you and your waiter might use an Absinthe fountain to arrange your drink, but you will want to understand how to prepare your own Absinthe at home.

Firstly, you have got to buy a quality Absinthe. Here are some ideas plus some help for getting a considerable Absinthe:-

– Look online or in a liquor shop for Absinthes that contain real wormwood and also a thujone content. Wormwood gives Absinthe its attribute bitter taste. Absinthe just is not Absinthe without having wormwood, but there are lots of Absinthe substitutes or fake Absinthes which don’t contain wormwood or comprise southernwood instead.

– If the Absinthe lists its organic ingredients, search for the components aniseed and fennel, along with the wormwood, together with other herbs such as lemon balm, star anise, angelica, hyssop and dittany.

– Consider the ABV (alcohol by volume). It has to be between 45 and 75%.

– Create your personal real Absinthe from essences. These distilled herbal Absinthe essences are available from AbsintheKit.com who offer essences to Absinthe distilleries. The essences comprise wormwood and are easy to use – simply mix with a neutral alcohol base such as Everclear or vodka. An incredibly economical method to make real Absinthe.

When you have your Absinthe you must use “The Ritual” (the name for the art of creating a good Absinthe) to prepare your Absinthe for drinking. To arrange your Absinthe you’ll need:-

– Absinthe
– An Absinthe glass
– A slotted Absinthe spoon
– A sugar cube
– Iced water

Pour 25-50ml of Absinthe to the glass and rest the Absinthe spoon above the top of the glass. Position a sugar cube on the spoon and either use an Absinthe fountain to drip the iced water on the sugar cube or work with a steady hand to gradually pour or drip the water over. As the sugar and water solution combines inside the Absinthe, the essential oils within the herbs will split, since they’re not water soluble, and will cause the drink to louche, or go cloudy. This louching is the preferred effect and if your Absinthe does not louche then you have not got a top-quality Absinthe.

The proportion of water to Absinthe ought to be between 3:1 and 5:1 according to your taste. Stir the drink when all the water has been added and sit back and relish the experience.

These instructions on how to drink Absinthe will help you to make the perfect Absinthe every time.