way of serving Absinthe is by using a method known as the Ritual and also to dilute it with water. Some people are uninterested of drinking Absinthe this way and would like to realize what to mix Absinthe with. I hope that this information will motivate you to enjoy Absinthe much more.
Absinthe is a strong liquor that is flavored with natural herbs including grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. Additionally, it sometimes consists of petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed provides the drink its amazing anise taste and 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 much like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Other names that thujone obtained from wormwood has been known as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.
Thujone is why Absinthe was banned in many countries in early 1900s. It was the thujone that was held responsible for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and many artists and writers believed that drinking Absinthe afforded them their genius and inspiration by means of dreams and hallucinations. The well-known Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde said 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.” Who knows what might happen following a whole bottle?!
We now know that Absinthe is no more harmful than any other strong spirit like vodka and whisky, though it is double the strength. Research has revealed that Absinthe only consists of traces of thujone and therefore it is not probable to take in enough Absinthe for thujone to obtain any negative or harmful effects. It won’t make you hallucinate or go insane and is now legal in the majority of countries. It’s still illegal in Ireland nevertheless the Irish can order it from overseas and have it shipped for private consumption.
You can make your own personal bottled Absinthe by making use of Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are created by distilling traditional Absinthe herbs and all you should do is to mix them with vodka or Everclear – a simple and cost-effective approach to make Absinthe.
What to Mix Absinthe With
Given that Absinthe is legal in many countries, we can easily experiment with using it in cocktails or make classic Absinthe cocktails such as New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.
1 teaspoon of a good quality Absinthe
A sugar cube or maybe 1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 Â½ ounces of Rye whisky (not bourbon)
3 dashes of angostura bitters
1 Lemon peel twist
Freeze a glass in your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe around the glass to coat the sides and bottom part of the glass. Discard (or drink!) the extra.
Put the additional ingredients inside a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for approximately Â½ a minute.
Pour to the glass, adding the lemon peel.
Death in the Afternoon
5 ounces of cooled champagne blended with 1 ounce of Absinthe – scrumptious!
Many people prefer to use mixers for instance lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even heard of Red Bull being combined with Absinthe! Be inventive when deciding what you should mix Absinthe with, use recipes from the Internet but let them have your personal twist or make-up your very own. Have a great time.