If you would like to
know how to drink Absinthe you first need to know what Absinthe is. Absinthe is actually a mysterious and mythical distilled liquor created from an alcohol base, for instance wine, and flavored with herbs such as common wormwood (artemisia absinthium), fennel and aniseed. It’s gotan anise flavor and it is usually green colored, although La Bleue styles are crystal clear.
Absinthe is quite strong, as much as 75% ABV and approximately twice as strong as spirits just like vodka or whisky. It was famously banned in the early 1900s due to its thujone content. Thujone, in wormwood, was believed to be like THC in cannabis, and also to be psychoactive and cause psychedelic effects. It’s now known that Absinthe only contains very small quantities of thujone and is also perfectly safe to drink in moderation.
Absinthe devotees include Van Gogh, Degas, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway who famously devised an Absinthe cocktail known as “Death in the Afternoon” – a mixture of Absinthe and champagne. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, it is claimed, drank a “Tremblement de Terre” (Earthquake) which was 1 part Absinthe combined with 1 part cognac!
How to Drink Absinthe at Home
In Absinthe bars your Absinthe are going to be prepared for you and your waiter could use an Absinthe fountain to arrange your drink, but you would want to understand how to prepare your own Absinthe at home.
Firstly, you have got to obtain a quality Absinthe. Below are great tips and some help for purchasing a significant Absinthe:-
– Go 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 lots of Absinthe substitutes or fake Absinthes which do not consist of wormwood or contain southernwood as an alternative.
– If the Absinthe lists its herbal ingredients, search for the components aniseed and fennel, aside from the wormwood, as well as other herbs for instance lemon balm, star anise, angelica, hyssop and dittany.
– Consider the ABV (alcohol by volume). It has to be between 45 and 75%.
– Create your personal real Absinthe from essences. These distilled herbal Absinthe essences can be obtained from AbsintheKit.com who offer essences to Absinthe distilleries. The essences contain wormwood and are user friendly – simply mix with a neutral alcohol base just like Everclear or vodka. A very economical way to make real Absinthe.
Once you have your Absinthe you will need 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’ll need:-
Pour 25-50ml of Absinthe to the glass and rest the Absinthe spoon over the top of the glass. Put a sugar cube on the spoon and either make use of 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 blends inside the Absinthe, the essential oils within the herbs will separate, because they are not water soluble, and may make the drink to louche, or go cloudy. This louching is the wanted effect and if your Absinthe does not louche then you have not got a top-quality Absinthe.
The proportion of water to Absinthe ought to be between 3:1 and 5:1 according to your taste. Stir the drink when all of the water has been added and relax and enjoy the experience.
These instructions on how to drink Absinthe will help you to make the perfect Absinthe every time.