How to drink Absinthe appropriately is the issue a lot of people have if they have managed to obtain a bottle of the Green Fairy. In La Belle Epoque in France everyone knew how to serve and drink Absinthe, it was part of the
culture and was even more common when compared with wine.
The ability of how to drink Absinthe was lost until modern times due to ban on Absinthe practically in most countries for several decades. In the United States it was restricted in 1912 and Absinthes for example the “Lucid” brand only have just gone available for sale in the US in 2007.
How To Drink Absinthe While using the Traditional “Ritual”
This is the initial technique for preparing Absinthe utilized in pre ban times in the 19th century in France and Switzerland. It comes with an art to working with this method and it is based on the use of a steady hand.
– Pour a shot of Absinthe straight into an Absinthe glass or huge glass.
– Rest a slotted Absinthe spoon over the top of the glass and put a cube of sugar over the spoon.
– Carefully drip iced water on the sugar in order that the sugar dissolves and drips throughout the slots in to the Absinthe. Either make use of an Absinthe fountain or dripper to control the dripping or use a very steady hand to pour the water coming from a carafe.
– Watch the Absinthe louche (become cloudy) as the water mixes into the alcohol.
– Appreciate your Absinthe.
How To Drink Absinthe While using the Contemporary Bohemian or Czech Approach
This is a more sophisticated method that is a bit of fun and is also scorned by many Absinthe drinkers. It is often combined with cheaper Czech Absinthes and Absinthes which have a reduced alcohol content. Care must be taken when setting alcohol alight.
– Pour a shot of Absinthe straight into an Absinthe glass.
– Soak the sugar cube in the Absinthe and after that place on an Absinthe spoon sitting on the rim of the glass.
– Utilizing a lighter or match, set the sugar on fire and view it as it caramelizes , melts and drips in to the Absinthe, it could set the Absinthe on fire too.
– Slowly pour iced water in the Absinthe to extinguish the flames and to make the Absinthe louche.
– Ingest your Absinthe.
Proportions of water to Absinthe rely on taste but a ratio which is between 3:1 and 5:1 water to Absinthe is the advised dilution.
How To Drink Absinthe in Cocktails
Ernest Hemingway famously produced “Death in the Afternoon” – a cocktail of Absinthe and champagne, but there are numerous other cocktail recipes for Absinthe. You do have to remember that Absinthe is an extremely strong Alcoholic drink and is roughly twice the strength of other spirits like vodka and whisky.
Absinthe and Vodka – Combine 3 parts Absinthe with one part top quality vodka in an iced glass (out of the freezer) and garnish using a sprig of mint.
Absinthe Explosion – Combine 3 parts Tequila, 4 parts vodka, 3 parts whisky and 7 parts Absinthe. Add ice and after that stir.
Absinthe Bloody Mary – Put 1 shot of Absinthe right into a cocktail glass with ice and top-up with tomato juice. Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce and season with salt and pepper.
There are several other ways of how to drink Absinthe and you could even invent your own personal cocktails.