Understanding What to Mix Absinthe With

The conventional


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technique of serving Absinthe is to use a strategy referred to as the Ritual also to dilute it with water. Some individuals are uninterested of drinking Absinthe in this manner and would like to understand what to mix Absinthe with. Hopefully this article help you to enjoy Absinthe even more.

Absinthe is a strong liquor which is flavored with natural herbs which includes grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. In addition, it sometimes features petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed gives the drink its amazing anise taste and the wormwood gives the Absinthe its characteristic bitter or slightly sour flavour.

Grande wormwood is made up of thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone from the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is a ketone and also a monoterpene just 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 lots of countries in the early 1900s. It was the thujone that has been held responsible for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers believed that drinking Absinthe provided them their genius and creativity by way of dreams and hallucinations. The renowned Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde explained 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 would happen after having a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe isn’t any more dangerous than any other strong spirit like vodka and whisky, even though it is two times the strength. Studies have shown that Absinthe only consists of traces of thujone and therefore it isn’t likely to take in enough Absinthe for thujone to obtain any negative or side effects. It won’t make you hallucinate or go insane and it’s now legal in many countries. It remains illegal in Ireland however the Irish can order it from overseas and have it shipped for private consumption.

You can make your own personal bottled Absinthe by making use of Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are made by distilling classic Absinthe herbs and all you must do should be to mix them together with vodka or Everclear – an easy and economical approach to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Since Absinthe is legal in the majority of countries, we could try out making use of it in cocktails or make classic Absinthe cocktails such as the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Menu

1 teaspoon of a high quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or maybe 1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 ½ ounces of Rye whisky (not bourbon)
3 dashes of angostura bitters
1 Lemon peel twist

Freeze a glass in your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe surrounding the glass to coat the sides as well as bottom level of the glass. Throw away (or drink!) the excess.
Place the other ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for about ½ a minute.
Pour to the glass, adding the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of chilled champagne blended with 1 ounce of Absinthe – scrumptious!

Some individuals prefer to use mixers such as lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even got word of Red Bull being mixed with Absinthe! Be imaginative when deciding what to mix Absinthe with, use recipes off of the Internet but give them your personal twist or make up your own. Have fun.