way of serving Absinthe is to use a strategy called The Ritual and also to dilute it with water. A lot of people are bored of drinking Absinthe in this manner and want to learn what to mix Absinthe with. Hopefully this information will help you to enjoy Absinthe all the more.
Absinthe is actually a strong liquor which is flavored with herbal plants which includes grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. In addition, it sometimes consists of petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed provides the drink its fantastic anise taste as well as the wormwood provides the Absinthe its typical bitter or slightly sour flavor.
Grande wormwood is made up of thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone by the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is actually a ketone and also a monoterpene much like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Other names that thujone extracted from wormwood has been referred to as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.
Thujone is why Absinthe was banned in several countries during the early 1900s. It had been the thujone that has been blamed for the insanity and suicide of Van Gogh and many artists and writers reported that drinking Absinthe provided them their genius and creativity by way of dreams and hallucinations. The well-known Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde said 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 after a whole bottle?!
We now know that Absinthe isn’t any more dangerous than any other strong spirit just like vodka and whisky, although it is twice the strength. Research shows that Absinthe only contains traces of thujone and therefore it isn’t probable to take in enough Absinthe for thujone to get any negative or harmful effects. It will not trigger you to hallucinate or go insane and is now legal in many countries. It is still illegal in Ireland but the Irish can order it from offshore and have it shipped for private consumption.
You could make your personal bottled Absinthe by using Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are made by distilling standard Absinthe herbs and all you have to do is to mix them along with vodka or Everclear – an easy and cost-effective way to make Absinthe.
What to Mix Absinthe With
Given that Absinthe is legal for most countries, we can easily test out using it in cocktails or produce classic Absinthe cocktails such as New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.
1 teaspoon of a high quality Absinthe
A sugar cube or maybe 1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 Â½ 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 and base of the glass. Eliminate (or drink!) the excess.
Put the other ingredients within a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for approximately Â½ a minute.
Pour to the glass, including the lemon peel.
Death in the Afternoon
5 ounces of cooled champagne combined 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 of Red Bull being blended with Absinthe! Be innovative when deciding what things to mix Absinthe with, use recipes off the Internet but provide them with your personal twist or make-up your own. Have fun.