Ever since the legalization of Absinthe in several countries while in the late 1980s and 90s, and 2007 in the USA for certain brands, many people have been curious about how to serve Absinthe to take pleasure from the right Green Fairy of history, the drink appreciated by Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Oscar Wilde.
Firstly, you have to ensure that you currently have a real Absinthe. Fake Absinthes and substitutes will not likely taste right and won’t louche properly. Genuine Absinthe is made up of essential oils from herbs such as wormwood, aniseed, fennel, hyssop and also lemon balm. These oils are soluble in Absinthe alcohol however when the Absinthe is prepared in the correct way, with cold water, the Absinthe louches (gets to be cloudy or milky) as the oils are certainly not water soluble.
Ensure that the Absinthe you get is known as “Absinthe”, Absenta (from Spain) or “Absynthe” and that its content has real wormwood. If you find it difficult to discover real wormwood Absinthe, you can make your personal Absinthe utilizing the special Absinthe essences sold by AbsintheKit.com. These essences are the same ones that the company sell to the Absinthe Industry and therefore are specially made using top-quality herbs and carbon dioxide distillation. Just mix some essence with vodka or Everclear to produce your own Absinthe.
AbsintheKit sell 20ml bottles of essence that will make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe plus they sell kits which include enough essence to produce 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels as well as a handy measure. See the website for further details along with a guide on how to make Absinthe using their essences.
How to Serve Absinthe
The proper culinary term for the cultural prep of Absinthe is “The Ritual”. To be properly “cultured” you should have:-
– An Absinthe glass – classic or replica.
– An Absinthe slotted spoon (cuillere).
– Ice cold Water.
Pour a shot of Absinthe (25-50ml) of Absinthe into the glass. Rest the Absinthe spoon on top of the glass and rest a cube of sugar on it. Using either an Absinthe fountain or possibly a carafe with a steady hand, slowly drip or pour the water over the sugar. As the water mixes in the Absinthe the drink will louche. This effect can be fairly extraordinary with regards to the Absinthe and the concentration of essential oils. The ratio of water to Absinthe liquor should be between 3:1 and 5:1. Stir the drink as soon as all the water has dripped in after which enjoy your Absinthe.
Remember to drink Absinthe moderately, it’s a very strong spirit. Many individuals comment on the very different form of drunkenness they encounter when drinking Absinthe. It’s been described as a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness. This may be brought on by the blend of herbs utilized in Absinthe production – some have a sedative effect while others act as stimulants, very strange!
Enjoy learning how to serve Absinthe making use of the ritual.