If you would like to
learn how to drink Absinthe you first need to understand what Absinthe is. Absinthe is actually a mystical and mythical distilled liquor produced from an alcohol base, for instance wine, and flavored with herbs which includes common wormwood (artemisia absinthium), fennel and aniseed. It’s gotan anise flavor and is usually green colored, although La Bleue styles are clear.
Absinthe is extremely strong, up to 75% ABV and approximately two times as strong as spirits like vodka or whisky. It was famously prohibited in the early 1900s because of its thujone content. Thujone, in wormwood, was thought to be like THC in cannabis, also to be psychoactive and cause psychedelic effects. It is now known that Absinthe only contains very small amounts of thujone and is perfectly safe to drink in moderation.
Absinthe fans include Van Gogh, Degas, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway who famously developed an Absinthe cocktail known as “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 combined with 1 part cognac!
How to Drink Absinthe at Home
In Absinthe bars your Absinthe will be all set for you and your waiter could use an Absinthe fountain to arrange your drink, but you will want to know how to prepare your own Absinthe in your own home.
Firstly, you have got to purchase a quality Absinthe. Here are some tips plus some help for purchasing a considerable Absinthe:-
– Go online or in a liquor shop for Absinthes that contain real wormwood and have a thujone content. Wormwood gives Absinthe its feature bitter taste. Absinthe just is not Absinthe without wormwood, but there are lots of Absinthe substitutes or fake Absinthes which don’t comprise wormwood or contain southernwood as an alternative.
– If the Absinthe lists its natural ingredients, search for the components aniseed and fennel, in addition to the wormwood, as well as other herbs for instance lemon balm, star anise, angelica, hyssop and dittany.
– Evaluate the ABV (alcohol by volume). It ought to be between 45 and 75%.
– Make your personal real Absinthe from essences. These distilled herbal Absinthe essences are available from AbsintheKit.com who offer essences to Absinthe distilleries. The essences comprise wormwood and are convenient to use – simply mix with a neutral alcohol base like Everclear or vodka. An incredibly economical approach to make real Absinthe.
Upon having your Absinthe you must use “The Ritual” (the term for the art of making a good Absinthe) to arrange your Absinthe for drinking. To arrange your Absinthe you should have:-
– An Absinthe glass
– A slotted Absinthe spoon
– A sugar cube
– Ice cold water
Pour 25-50ml of Absinthe in the glass and rest the Absinthe spoon on the top of the glass. Put a sugar cube on the spoon and either work with an Absinthe fountain to drip the iced water above 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 in the Absinthe, the essential oils within the herbs will split, since they’re not water soluble, and will cause the drink to louche, or go cloudy. This louching is the wanted effect and if your Absinthe doesn’t louche then you have not got a top-quality Absinthe.
The ratio of water to Absinthe ought to be between 3:1 and 5:1 depending on your taste. Stir the drink when all of the water has been added and settle back and relish the experience.
These instructions on how to drink Absinthe will help you to make the perfect Absinthe every time.