The standard technique of serving Absinthe is to try using a method
referred to as the Ritual and to dilute it with water. Some people are bored of drinking Absinthe in this way and wish to learn what to mix Absinthe with. Hopefully this information will allow you to enjoy Absinthe much more.
Absinthe is actually a strong liquor which happens to be flavored with natural herbs which includes grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. In addition, it sometimes features petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed gives the drink its amazing anise taste as well as the wormwood gives the Absinthe its typical bitter or slightly sour taste.
Grande wormwood consists of thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone from the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is actually a ketone and a monoterpene like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Various other names that thujone extracted from wormwood has been known as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.
Thujone is the reason why Absinthe was banned in many countries during the early 1900s. It had been the thujone that has been held accountable for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and many artists and writers reported that drinking Absinthe provided them their genius and motivation through 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.” You never know what would happen after a whole bottle?!
We now know that Absinthe isn’t any more hazardous than any other strong spirit just like vodka and whisky, even though it is twice the strength. Research has shown that Absinthe only contains traces of thujone and that it isn’t probable to take in enough Absinthe for thujone to get any negative or harmful effects. It will not trigger you to hallucinate or go insane and it is now legal in most countries. It is still illegal in Ireland however the Irish can order it from offshore and have it shipped for private consumption.
You can create your own personal bottled Absinthe by utilizing Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are manufactured by distilling classic Absinthe herbs and all you have to do would be to mix them together with vodka or Everclear – a simple and economical method to make Absinthe.
What to Mix Absinthe With
Seeing that Absinthe is legal in most countries, we can try out using it in cocktails or create classic Absinthe cocktails just like the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.
1 teaspoon of a top quality Absinthe
A sugar cube or perhaps 1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 Â½ ounces of Rye whisky (not bourbon)
3 dashes of angostura bitters
1 Lemon peel twist
Freeze a glass inside your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe around the glass to coat the sides and also bottom of the glass. Dispose of (or drink!) the extra.
Place the many other ingredients within a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for around Â½ a minute.
Pour in the glass, adding the lemon peel.
Death in the Afternoon
5 ounces of chilled champagne blended with 1 ounce of Absinthe – delicious!
Many people like to use mixers like lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even been aware of Red Bull being mixed with Absinthe! Be resourceful when deciding what you should mix Absinthe with, use recipes from the Internet but give them your own twist or make up your very own. Have a good time.