Ever since the legalization of Absinthe in many countries in the late 1980s and 90s, and 2007 in the USA for certain brands, many individuals happen to be wanting to know how to serve Absinthe to enjoy the perfect Green Fairy of history, the drink loved by Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso as well as Oscar Wilde.
Firstly, you should make sure that you currently have a real Absinthe. Fake Absinthes and substitutes is not going to taste right and does not louche properly. Authentic 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 but when the Absinthe is prepared in the correct way, with cold water, the Absinthe louches (gets to be cloudy or milky) since the oils are not water soluble.
Make sure that the Absinthe you purchase is known as “Absinthe”, Absenta (from Spain) or “Absynthe” and that its content has real wormwood. If you find it hard to locate real wormwood Absinthe, you could make your own personal Absinthe while using the special Absinthe essences sold by AbsintheKit.com. These essences are similar ones which the company sell to the Absinthe Industry and therefore are specially produced using top-quality herbs and carbon dioxide distillation. Simply 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 and they also sell kits which feature enough essence to make 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels as well as a handy measure. See the website for additional details plus a guide on how to make Absinthe utilizing their essences.
How to Serve Absinthe
The proper culinary term for the cultural prep of Absinthe is “The Ritual”. To be properly “cultured” you’ll need:-
– An Absinthe glass – antique or replica.
– An Absinthe slotted spoon (cuillere).
– Cold Water.
Pour a shot of Absinthe (25-50ml) of Absinthe in 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 perhaps a carafe which has a steady hand, gradually drip or pour the water above the sugar. As the water mixes in the Absinthe the drink will louche. This effect can be quite extraordinary with regards to the Absinthe and the concentration of essential oils. The proportion of water to Absinthe liquor must be between 3:1 and 5:1. Stir the drink once all the water has dripped in and then enjoy your Absinthe.
Be sure you drink Absinthe sparingly, it is a very strong spirit. Many individuals comment on the very different form of drunkenness they experience when drinking Absinthe. It’s been identified as a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness. This might be attributable to the mixture of herbs utilised in Absinthe production – some have got a sedative effect while some behave as stimulants, very strange!
Enjoy understanding how to serve Absinthe using the ritual.