If you wish to
understand how to drink Absinthe you first need to be aware what Absinthe is. Absinthe is a mysterious and mythical distilled liquor made from an alcohol base, like wine, and flavored with herbs which includes common wormwood (artemisia absinthium), fennel and aniseed. It has an anise flavor and it is usually green in color, although La Bleue styles are transparent.
Absinthe is very strong, approximately 75% ABV and about doubly strong as spirits for instance vodka or whisky. It had been famously suspended in the early 1900s due to its thujone content. Thujone, in wormwood, was considered to be like THC in cannabis, and also to be psychoactive and cause psychedelic effects. It is now known that Absinthe only contains very tiny amounts of thujone and it is perfectly safe to drink moderately.
Absinthe supporters include Van Gogh, Degas, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway who famously devised an Absinthe cocktail known as “Death in the Afternoon” – a mix of Absinthe and champagne. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, it is claimed, drank a “Tremblement de Terre” (Earthquake) that was 1 part Absinthe mixed with 1 part cognac!
How to Drink Absinthe in your own home
In Absinthe bars your Absinthe will likely be all set for you and your waiter may use an Absinthe fountain to get ready your drink, but you would want to know how to ready your own Absinthe in your own home.
Firstly, you will have to purchase a quality Absinthe. Here are some ideas plus some help for buying a decent Absinthe:-
– Look online or in a liquor shop for Absinthes that may contain real wormwood and have a thujone content. Wormwood gives Absinthe its attribute bitter taste. Absinthe just is not Absinthe without having wormwood, but there are many Absinthe substitutes or fake Absinthes which do not consist of wormwood or consist of southernwood instead.
– If the Absinthe lists its herbal ingredients, look for the ingredients aniseed and fennel, along with the wormwood, together with other herbs just like lemon balm, star anise, angelica, hyssop and dittany.
– Consider the ABV (alcohol by volume). It should be between 45 and 75%.
– Make your personal real Absinthe from essences. These distilled herbal Absinthe essences can be found from AbsintheKit.com who present essences to Absinthe distilleries. The essences comprise wormwood and are easy to use – simply mix with a neutral alcohol base such as Everclear or vodka. An extremely economical way to make real Absinthe.
When you have your Absinthe you will need to use “The Ritual” (the term for the art of coming up with a good Absinthe) to prepare your Absinthe for drinking. To arrange your Absinthe you should have:-
– An Absinthe glass
– A slotted Absinthe spoon
– A sugar cube
– Ice cold water
Pour 25-50ml of Absinthe into the glass and rest the Absinthe spoon above the top of the glass. Put a sugar cube on the spoon and either use an Absinthe fountain to drip the iced water on the sugar cube or make use of a steady hand to carefully pour or drip the water over. As the sugar and water solution mixes in the Absinthe, the essential oils within the herbs will split, because they’re not water soluble, and may cause the drink to louche, or go cloudy. This louching is the desired effect and if your Absinthe doesn’t louche then you have not got a top-quality Absinthe.
The proportion of water to Absinthe should be between 3:1 and 5:1 based on your taste. Stir the drink when all of the water has been added and relax and relish the experience.
These instructions on how to drink Absinthe will help you to make the perfect Absinthe every time.