Learning What to Mix Absinthe With

The standard

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way of serving Absinthe is by using a technique referred to as the Ritual also to dilute it with water. A number of people are bored of drinking Absinthe this way and wish to understand what to mix Absinthe with. Hopefully this information will help you to enjoy Absinthe much more.

Absinthe is actually a strong liquor which is flavored with herbal plants such as grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. It also sometimes contains petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed gives the drink its wonderful anise taste and the wormwood gives the Absinthe its typical bitter or slightly sour flavor.

Grande wormwood consists of thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone by the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is actually a ketone and a monoterpene much like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Various other names that thujone obtained from wormwood has been termed as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.

Thujone is the reason that Absinthe was banned in lots of countries during the early 1900s. It had been the thujone that was blamed for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers claimed that drinking Absinthe provided them their genius and inspiration through dreams and hallucinations. The renowned Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde stated 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 might happen following a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe is no more hazardous than any other strong spirit just like vodka and whisky, although it is double the strength. Research shows that Absinthe only consists of traces of thujone and therefore it’s not likely to ingest enough Absinthe for thujone to have any negative or harmful effects. It will not trigger you to hallucinate or go insane and it’s now legal in the majority of countries. It is still illegal in Ireland however the Irish can order it from overseas and get it shipped for personal consumption.

You could make your own personal bottled Absinthe by making use of Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are created by distilling conventional Absinthe herbs and all you must do is to mix them along with vodka or Everclear – an easy and cost-effective approach to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Now that Absinthe is legal in most countries, we can easily experiment with using it in cocktails or produce classic Absinthe cocktails much like the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Menu

1 teaspoon of a top quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or maybe 1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 ½ 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 as well as bottom level of the glass. Dispose of (or drink!) the extra.
Position the other ingredients inside a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for around ½ a minute.
Pour into the glass, including the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of refrigerated champagne mixed with 1 ounce of Absinthe – scrumptious!

A lot of people prefer to use mixers for instance lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even heard about Red Bull being mixed with Absinthe! Be inventive when deciding what you should mix Absinthe with, use recipes off the Internet but provide them with your personal twist or makeup your very own. Have a great time.

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