Discovering How To Drink Absinthe

If you’d like to understand how to drink Absinthe you first need to be aware what Absinthe is Absinthe is a mysterious and mythical distilled liquor created from an alcohol base, just 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 clear.

Absinthe is very strong, as much as 75% ABV and about two times as strong as spirits such as vodka or whisky. It was famously restricted during the early 1900s because of its thujone content. Thujone, in wormwood, was believed to be like THC in cannabis, and to be psychoactive and cause psychedelic effects . It’s now known that Absinthe only contains really small levels of thujone and is perfectly safe to drink in moderation.

Absinthe devotees involve Van Gogh, Degas, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway who famously conceived an Absinthe cocktail called “Death in the Afternoon” – a variety of Absinthe and champagne. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, it’s claimed, drank a “Tremblement de Terre” (Earthquake) that was 1 part Absinthe blended with 1 part cognac!

How to Drink Absinthe at Home

In Absinthe bars your Absinthe are going to be set for you and your waiter could use an Absinthe fountain to prepare your drink, but you may wish to learn how to prepare your own Absinthe in your own home.

Firstly, you will have to purchase a quality Absinthe. Here are some ideas and a few help for purchasing a reliable Absinthe:-

– Go online or in a liquor shop for Absinthes that contain real wormwood and also a thujone content. Wormwood gives Absinthe its characteristic bitter taste. Absinthe just is not Absinthe without wormwood, but there are many Absinthe substitutes or fake Absinthes which do not comprise wormwood or contain southernwood as an alternative.

– If the Absinthe lists its herbal ingredients, search for the ingredients aniseed and fennel, aside from the wormwood, and other herbs like lemon balm, star anise, angelica, hyssop and dittany.

– Consider the ABV (alcohol by volume). It ought to be between 45 and 75%.

– Make your very own real Absinthe from essences. These distilled herbal Absinthe essences can be obtained from who supply essences to Absinthe distilleries. The essences consist of wormwood and are user friendly – simply mix with a neutral alcohol base like Everclear or vodka. An extremely economical method to make real Absinthe.

When you have your Absinthe you have got to use “The Ritual” (the name for the art of coming up with a good Absinthe) to arrange your Absinthe for drinking. To prepare your Absinthe you will need:-

– Absinthe
– An Absinthe glass
– A slotted Absinthe spoon
– A sugar cube
– Iced water

Pour 25-50ml of Absinthe to the glass and rest the Absinthe spoon above the top of the glass. Place 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 gradually pour or drip the water over. As the sugar and water solution combines in the Absinthe, the essential oils within the herbs will separate, because they’re not water soluble, and will make the drink to louche, or go cloudy. This louching is the desired effect and if your Absinthe does not louche then you have not got a top-quality Absinthe.

The proportion of water to Absinthe should be between 3:1 and 5:1 depending on your taste. Stir the drink when all of the water has been added and sit back and enjoy the experience.

These instructions on how to drink Absinthe will help you to make the perfect Absinthe every time.