How To Use Absinthe

Absinthe has yet again become a popular drink and, together with the legalization of a few brands of Absinthe in 2007 in the USA, it could even be declared we are experiencing an Absinthe revival. Yet, a number of people don’t truly know how to use Absinthe correctly or perhaps what Absinthe is.

What Exactly is Absinthe

Absinthe isn’t a hallucinogen or a drug. It is a strong alcoholic drink with an alcohol by quantity of up to 75% plus an anise flavor.

Legend has it that Absinthe was made by Dr Pierre Ordinaire in Couvet, Switzerland during the 18th century being an elixir for his patients. By the turn of the nineteenth century Henri-Louis Pernod was distilling Absinthe and marketing it commercially. Pernod made use of a wine alcohol base distilled with various kinds of natural herbs including wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), fennel, aniseed, star anise, hyssop, lemon balm, angelica, juniper, dittany, nutmeg and melissa.

Absinthe, or La Fee Verte (Green Fairy) while it became known in France, became such a popular drink that it even becamevery popular than wine in France. Absinthe bars become popular and also the “Ritual” or traditional technique of using and preparing Absinthe came to be.

Absinthe was forbidden in France in 1915 after it was claimed that Absinthe contained psychoactive chemicals and cause hallucinations, convulsions, insanity and death. Now it is known that these particular claims were false. Absinthe cannot and does not cause such effects. Absinthe was legalized in several countries in the 1990s.

How to Use Absinthe the Common Manner

To arrange Absinthe in the conventional technique is to use the “Ritual”.

You need:-
– A big glass or Absinthe glass.
– Absinthe
– An Absinthe spoon – duplicate glasses and spoons can be purchased online at as well as top-quality Absinthe essences to create your own personal Absinthe.
– A sugar cube.
– A carafe of iced water.

Pour a shot of Absinthe on the glass.
Rest the spoon over the rim of the glass and put the sugar cube to the spoon.
Carefully drip, rather than pour, the iced water on the sugar to dissolve it.
Watch the Absinthe louche as the water combines to the Absinthe. The essential oils inside the Absinthe aren’t soluble in water so cause the mixture to louche or go cloudy.
Blend your Absinthe and enjoy the taste of the Green Fairy.

Take into account that although Absinthe is not going to present you with hallucinations, it’s a strong drink and it’s very easy to get drunk on Absinthe. Absinthe is produced out of a curious combination of herbs – some are naturally sedative naturally while others are stimulants. This combination of herbs can give a very different drunkenness than that brought on by other spirits or wine or beer. Some describe it as being a “clear headed” drunkenness.

The Czech or Bohemian Strategy

With this method, once you have poured the shot of Absinthe to the glass you dip the sugar cube in the alcohol after which set it up alight on the spoon by using a match. Once the sugar has caramelized and melted in the spoon and in the Absinthe, you add the iced water.

The Bohemian method is a contemporary method and is a bit of fun really instead of a serious technique of drinking Absinthe. It can also be slightly dangerous because the whole glass of Absinthe can catch fire, a waste of Absinthe! Take care.

The Ritual is easily the most popular way of using Absinthe but Absinthe may also be used in cocktails – constitute your personal or do some searching online for cocktail recipes to provide you with inspiration on how to use Absinthe.