Finding out What to Mix Absinthe With

The original method of serving Absinthe is to use a technique called The Ritual and to dilute it with water. Some people are bored of drinking Absinthe in this manner and would like to realize what to mix Absinthe with. I hope that this information will help you to enjoy Absinthe much more.

Absinthe is usually a strong liquor which happens to be flavored with natural herbs such as grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. Additionally, it sometimes contains petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed gives the drink its amazing anise taste as well as the wormwood gives the Absinthe its characteristic bitter or slightly sour flavor.

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

Thujone is the reason that Absinthe was banned in many countries in the early 1900s. It was the thujone that was held accountable for the insanity and suicide of Van Gogh and many artists and writers claimed that drinking Absinthe provided them their genius and creativity by means of dreams and hallucinations. The renowned 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 after having a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe isn’t any more harmful than some other strong spirit such as vodka and whisky, even though it is double the strength. Research shows that Absinthe only includes traces of thujone and therefore it’s not likely to consume enough Absinthe for thujone to get any negative or side effects. It won’t trigger you to hallucinate or go insane and is now legal in many countries. It is still illegal in Ireland nevertheless the Irish can order it from abroad and get it shipped for private consumption.

You can create your personal bottled Absinthe by utilizing Absinthe essences from These essences are produced by distilling conventional Absinthe herbs and all you need to do would be to mix them along with vodka or Everclear – a straightforward and cost-effective way to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Given that Absinthe is legal in most countries, we can test out using it in cocktails or produce classic Absinthe cocktails just like the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Recipe

1 teaspoon of a top quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or perhaps 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 surrounding the glass to coat the sides and also base of the glass. Eliminate (or drink!) the excess.
Put the additional ingredients inside a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for approximately ½ a minute.
Pour in the glass, incorporating the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of refrigerated champagne mixed with 1 ounce of Absinthe – tasty!

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