Since legalization of some brands of Absinthe in the United States in 2007, there have been an Absinthe revolution. Individuals are searching gravely on the Internet for info on Absinthe and the way to utilize it. Many now would like to introduce their friends to the Green Fairy and also to use the drink when entertaining. But what food to serve with Absinthe?

Absinthe was made by Dr Pierre Ordinaire while in the late eighteenth century as a medicinal elixir or tonic. The vital herbal ingredient, wormwood (artemisia absinthium) has been used for thousands of years as a digestive tonic also to induce the appetite. Absinthe should thus be served being an aperitif before a meal, an appetizer served with a few hors d’oeuvres and finger food.

Absinthe features a strong anise flavor plus a slight bitterness therefore it is best to not serve it by using a meal. Nonetheless, Absinthe can be used in cooking, exactly like wine. When cooking, the alcohol will probably be shed and you’ll be left with the anise or licorice taste that is great in marinades. Here is a recipe for a scrumptious marinade for chicken or fish.

2 tbsp dried tarragon or a handful of fresh tarragon
2 tbsp dried chervil or a handful of fresh chervil
1 cup of Absinthe
1 cup of dry white wine
2 tbsp sugar
A dash of salt and a grind of pepper

Blend all of the ingredients inside a large bowl and leave for a couple of hours, if possible overnight. Marinade chicken or fish in the mixture for a couple of hours in the fridge and then grill, barbecue or bake to shed off the alcohol.

Additionally you can work with Absinthe in stir fries and when basting meats, but make certain you always combine it with sugar or fruit juice to make up for the bitterness on the wormwood.

Even the sexy French chef Jean-Christophe Novelli has been known to utilize it in his recipes – risottos, Absinthe ice cream and marinades and infusions for vegetables and also fish. Absinthe ice cream -yum!

In addition there are quite a few recipes online for Absinthe cookies and Absinthe cupcakes with Absinthe frosting. Absinthe has a lot of uses!

Absinthe is usually fantastic in cocktails. Ernest Hemingway created a cocktail referred to as “Death in the Afternoon” in which he famously blended Absinthe with champagne, very self-indulgent. The Sazerac is actually a well-known Absinthe cocktail typically served in New Orleans:-

1 teaspoon of Absinthe
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 ½ ounces of rye whisky
3 dashes of Angostura bitters
Ice cubes

Freeze a cocktail glass within the freezer then pour the Absinthe into it, swilling it around to let it coat the inside of the glass.Place the remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake and pour to the glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon and drink.

You have to remember, when you’re mixing Absinthe along with other alcoholic drinks, that Absinthe is a very strong liquor – approximately 150 proof, 75% alcohol by volume, so don’t get carried away!

So, what food to serve with Absinthe? Serve Absinthe being an aperitif before any meal, use it in cocktails, marinades, ice cream and cakes. Take pleasure in the Green Fairy.