method of serving Absinthe is to use a method called The Ritual and to dilute it with water. A number of people are bored of drinking Absinthe in this way and want to know what to mix Absinthe with. I hope that this information will motivate you to enjoy Absinthe even more.
Absinthe is actually a strong liquor that is flavored with natural herbs which includes grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. In addition, it sometimes features petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed provides the drink its amazing anise taste and also the wormwood gives the Absinthe its characteristic bitter or slightly sour flavour.
Grande wormwood contains thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone by the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is actually a ketone and also a monoterpene just like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Other names that thujone extracted from wormwood has been termed as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.
Thujone is the reason why Absinthe was banned in many countries in the early 1900s. It was the thujone that was blamed for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers claimed that drinking Absinthe gave them their genius and creativity through 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.” You never know what would happen after having a whole bottle?!
We now know that Absinthe isn’t any more hazardous than any other strong spirit such as vodka and whisky, though it is double the strength. Studies have shown that Absinthe only includes traces of thujone and therefore it is not likely to ingest enough Absinthe for thujone to obtain any negative or harmful effects. It won’t trigger you to hallucinate or go insane and it is now legal in many countries. It remains illegal in Ireland but the Irish can order it from overseas and have it shipped for personal consumption.
You can make your very own bottled Absinthe by making use of Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are created by distilling traditional Absinthe herbs and all you must do would be to mix them along with vodka or Everclear – a straightforward and affordable way to make Absinthe.
What to Mix Absinthe With
Now 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 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 within your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe around the glass to coat the sides and bottom part of the glass. Eliminate (or drink!) the extra.
Put the other ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for around Â½ a minute.
Pour into the glass, incorporating the lemon peel.
Death in the Afternoon
5 ounces of chilled champagne mixed with 1 ounce of Absinthe – delicious!
A lot of people love to use mixers just like lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even got word of Red Bull being combined with Absinthe! Be innovative when deciding what to mix Absinthe with, use recipes off of the Internet but give them your own personal twist or make up your own. Have a good time.