How to drink Absinthe appropriately is the issue a lot of people have if they have been able to obtain a bottle of the Green Fairy. In La Belle Epoque in France everybody knew how to serve and drink Absinthe, it was part of the
society and was even more widespread than wine.
The information of how to drink Absinthe was lost until recent times because of the ban on Absinthe 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 procedure for preparing Absinthe employed in pre ban times in the nineteenth century in France and Switzerland. There’s an art to using this method and it depends on using a steady hand.
– Pour a shot of Absinthe in to an Absinthe glass or big glass.
– Rest a slotted Absinthe spoon above the top of the glass and place a cube of sugar on the spoon.
– Gradually drip iced water above the sugar so that the sugar dissolves and drips through the slots into the Absinthe. Either work with an Absinthe fountain or dripper to manage the dripping or use a very steady hand to pour the water 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 Modern Bohemian or Czech Strategy
This is a more sophisticated method that is a little bit of fun and is also scorned by a lot of Absinthe drinkers. It’s often used in combination with cheaper Czech Absinthes and Absinthes which have a reduced alcohol content. Care should be taken when setting alcohol alight.
– Pour a shot of Absinthe 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.
– Using a lighter or match, set the sugar on fire and watch it as it caramelizes , melts and drips in to the Absinthe, it may set the Absinthe on fire too.
– Carefully pour iced water in the Absinthe to extinguish the flames and also to make the Absinthe louche.
– Ingest your Absinthe.
Percentages of water to Absinthe rely on taste but a ratio of between 3:1 and 5:1 water to Absinthe is the advised dilution.
How To Drink Absinthe in Cocktails
Ernest Hemingway famously developed “Death in the Afternoon” – a cocktail of Absinthe plus champagne, but there are plenty of other cocktail recipes for Absinthe. You do need to take into account that Absinthe is a very strong Alcoholic drink and is roughly twice the potency of other spirits like vodka and whisky.
Absinthe and Vodka – Blend 3 parts Absinthe with one part good quality vodka inside an iced glass (out of the freezer) and garnish by using a sprig of mint.
Absinthe Explosion – Combine 3 parts Tequila, 4 parts vodka, 3 parts whisky and 7 parts Absinthe. Add ice and 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 pepper and salt.
There are several alternative methods of how to drink Absinthe and you can even invent your own cocktails.