Discovering What to Mix Absinthe With

The conventional technique of serving Absinthe is by using an approach


called The Ritual and to dilute it with water. Some individuals are bored of drinking Absinthe this way and wish to know what to mix Absinthe with. Hopefully this article help you to enjoy Absinthe much more.

Absinthe is usually a strong liquor that is flavored with natural herbs including grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. It also sometimes consists of petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed gives the drink its wonderful anise taste and also the wormwood provides the Absinthe its characteristic bitter or slightly sour flavour.

Grande wormwood is made up of thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone via the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is actually a ketone and a monoterpene like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Some other names that thujone obtained from wormwood has been referred to as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.

Thujone is why Absinthe was banned in lots of countries in the early 1900s. It had been the thujone which was held responsible for the insanity and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers claimed that drinking Absinthe afforded them their genius and inspiration by way of dreams and hallucinations. The renowned Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde claimed of Absinthe:
“After the first glass of Absinthe you see things as you wish they were. After the second you see them as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.” You never know what might happen following a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe isn’t any more harmful than some other strong spirit like vodka and whisky, though it is two times the strength. Studies have shown that Absinthe only contains traces of thujone and that it’s not possible to consume enough Absinthe for thujone to get any negative or harmful effects. It will not trigger you to hallucinate or go insane and it’s now legal in most countries. It is still illegal in Ireland but the Irish can order it from overseas and get it shipped for private consumption.

You can make your personal bottled Absinthe by making use of Absinthe essences from These essences are made by distilling standard Absinthe herbs and all you must do would be to mix them with vodka or Everclear – a simple and cost-effective way to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Seeing that Absinthe is legal for most countries, we can experiment with using it in cocktails or produce classic Absinthe cocktails such as New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Recipe

1 teaspoon of a good quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or maybe 1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 ½ ounces of Rye whisky (not bourbon)
3 dashes of angostura bitters
1 Lemon peel twist

Freeze a glass in your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe round the glass to coat the sides and also bottom level of the glass. Eliminate (or drink!) the extra.
Position the additional ingredients inside a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for about ½ a minute.
Pour in the glass, including the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of chilled champagne blended with 1 ounce of Absinthe – scrumptious!

A lot of people prefer to use mixers like lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even been aware of Red Bull being combined with Absinthe! Be innovative when deciding what to mix Absinthe with, use recipes off the Internet but let them have your personal twist or make up your own. Have a great time.