Ever since the legalization of Absinthe in several countries during the late 1980s and 90s, and 2007 in the USA for certain brands, many individuals have been wondering how to serve Absinthe to take pleasure from the right Green Fairy of history, the drink appreciated by Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Oscar Wilde.
Firstly, you should ensure that you have got a real Absinthe. Fake Absinthes and substitutes is not going to taste right and won’t louche properly. Genuine Absinthe is made up of essential oils from herbs just like wormwood, aniseed, fennel, hyssop and also lemon balm. These oils are soluble in Absinthe alcohol however when the Absinthe is prepared correctly, with cold water, the Absinthe louches (gets cloudy or milky) since the oils are not water soluble.
Be sure that the Absinthe you get is known as “Absinthe”, Absenta (from Spain) or “Absynthe” and that its content has real wormwood. If you find it tough to discover real wormwood Absinthe, you can create your own personal Absinthe utilizing the special Absinthe essences sold by AbsintheKit.com. These essences are exactly the same ones which the company sell to the Absinthe Industry and are specially made using top-quality herbs and carbon dioxide distillation. Purely mix some essence with vodka or Everclear to produce your own Absinthe.
AbsintheKit sell 20ml bottles of essence that will make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe plus they sell kits which feature enough essence to produce 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels and a handy measure. See the website for further details plus a guide on how to make Absinthe making use of their essences.
How to Serve Absinthe
The proper culinary term for the cultural preparation of Absinthe is “The Ritual”. To be properly “cultured” you’ll need:-
– An Absinthe glass – vintage or replica.
– An Absinthe slotted spoon (cuillere).
– Iced Water.
Pour a shot of Absinthe (25-50ml) of Absinthe into the glass. Rest the Absinthe spoon on the top of the glass and rest a cube of sugar upon it. Using either an Absinthe fountain or a carafe having a steady hand, slowly drip or pour the water over the sugar. As the water mixes into the Absinthe the drink will louche. This effect can be quite extraordinary with regards to the Absinthe and the concentration of essential oils. The proportion of water to Absinthe liquor should be between 3:1 and 5:1. Stir the drink as soon as all the water has dripped in and after that enjoy your Absinthe.
Remember to drink Absinthe sparingly, it’s actually a very strong spirit. Many individuals comment on the very different type of drunkenness they experience when drinking Absinthe. It has been described as a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness. This may be attributable to the blend of herbs used in Absinthe production – some have a sedative effect while some work as stimulants, very strange!
Enjoy learning how to serve Absinthe using the ritual.