Absinthe is best dished up diluted with sugar but there are two different ways to provide it with sugar. Learn how to drink Absinthe with sugar by simply following these guidelines and tips.
The Ritual or La Louche
This approach of preparing Absinthe is the method in which Absinthe was served in its heyday within the nineteenth century and early 20th century. Eventhough it was sometimes used in cocktails or consumed “straight”, the most common method to drink Absinthe was to use the “Ritual”.
To make the perfect Absinthe, you’ll need:-
– Absinthe – Real Absinthe which contains wormwood.
– A sizable glass or suitable Absinthe glass.
– A cuillere (absinthe spoon) – This is a perforated or slotted spoon.
– A cube of sugar.
– A carafe of ice cold water.
Pour a shot of Absinthe in the glass (Note: Some Absinthe glasses have markings or perhaps a bulge to demonstrate the proper volume of Absinthe, otherwise use 25-50ml).
Position the sugar on the spoon and rest the spoon on the rim of the glass.
Slowly drip, and not pour, the iced water over the sugar, allowing it to dissolve and drip into the Absinthe.
As the water mixes on the Absinthe it comes with an effect referred to as the louche. The essential oils from the herbal ingredients in the Absinthe are not soluble in water and thus cause the drink to become milky or cloudy or “louche”. This effect can be fascinating to watch.
Once you’ve added the water (a ratio of 3:1 to 5:1 water to Absinthe is perfect) it is possible to the stir your drink and relish the taste of the Green Fairy.
Unique variations of Absinthe louche diversely and Absinthes with a high essential oil content, like the Absinthe created from the orange oil Absinthe essence from AbsintheKit.com, louche attractively.
How to drink Absinthe with sugar when using the Bohemian Approach or Czech Strategy
This technique is really merely the Ritual with a modern day twist. It is not recognized as a proper means of serving Absinthe but has grown to be well-liked by the younger generation of Absinthe drinkers who have seen it performed in bars in the Czech Republic.
To make Absinthe like this, you’ll need:-
– Absinthe – an inexpensive one will do, high proof ones can be quite a bit risky!
– An Absinthe glass
– An Absinthe spoon
– A cube of sugar
– A lighter or match
– A carafe of cold water
Pour a shot of Absinthe in to the glass.
Soak the sugar cube into the Absinthe, place on spoon and after that set it alight.
Let the sugar caramelize, melt and drip into the Absinthe. (You should be aware that it may set the Absinthe on fire!).
Carefully drip the iced water in the Asbinthe, watch the louche and then stir with the spoon.
Enjoy your Bohemian Absinthe.
There are lots of tutorials and video guides online showing you how to drink Absinthe with sugar and there are also some websites that sell Absinthe and Absinthe products. AbsintheKit.com sell authentic wormwood essences to make your personal Asbinthe and they sell replica Absinthe glasses and spoons to help give your Asbinthe experience an amount of culture!