Discovering How To Drink Absinthe

If you would like to understand how to drink Absinthe you first need to understand what Absinthe is Absinthe is actually a mystical and mythical distilled liquor made from an alcohol base, just like wine, and flavored with herbs including common wormwood (artemisia absinthium), fennel and aniseed. It’s gotan anise flavor and it is usually green colored, although La Bleue styles are transparent.

Absinthe is extremely strong, approximately 75% ABV and about twice as strong as spirits like vodka or whisky. It had been famously banned in the early 1900s because of its thujone content. Thujone, in wormwood, was believed to be like THC in cannabis, and also to be psychoactive and cause psychedelic effects . It is now known that Absinthe only contains very small amounts of thujone and is also perfectly safe to drink in moderation.

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

How to Drink Absinthe at Home

In Absinthe bars your Absinthe will likely be set for you and your waiter may use an Absinthe fountain to arrange your drink, but you may wish to learn how to prepare your own Absinthe in your own home.

Firstly, you will need to purchase a quality Absinthe. Here are some tips plus some help for purchasing a reliable Absinthe:-

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

– If the Absinthe lists its herbal ingredients, look for the ingredients aniseed and fennel, along with the wormwood, and other herbs for instance lemon balm, star anise, angelica, hyssop and dittany.

– Evaluate the ABV (alcohol by volume). It must be between 45 and 75%.

– Make your own real Absinthe from essences. These distilled herbal Absinthe essences can be obtained from who present essences to Absinthe distilleries. The essences contain wormwood and are user friendly – simply mix with a neutral alcohol base like Everclear or vodka. A very economical way to make real Absinthe.

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

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

Pour 25-50ml of Absinthe in the glass and rest the Absinthe spoon over 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 use a steady hand to carefully pour or drip the water over. As the sugar and water solution mixes within the Absinthe, the essential oils within the herbs will separate, because they are not water soluble, and will make the drink to louche, or go cloudy. This louching is the wanted effect and if your Absinthe doesn’t louche then you have not got a top-quality Absinthe.

The proportion of water to Absinthe needs to be between 3:1 and 5:1 according to your taste. Stir the drink when all the water has been added and settle-back and enjoy the experience.

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