Knowing What to Mix Absinthe With

The traditional technique of serving Absinthe is by using a method

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referred to as the Ritual and to dilute it with water. A number of people are bored of drinking Absinthe in this manner and would like to know what to mix Absinthe with. Hopefully this article help you to enjoy Absinthe much more.

Absinthe is usually a strong liquor which happens to be flavored with herbal plants which includes grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. In addition, it sometimes features petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed gives the drink its fantastic anise taste and also the wormwood provides the Absinthe its typical bitter or slightly sour flavour.

Grande wormwood consists of thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone via the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is actually a ketone and also a monoterpene like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Other names that thujone obtained from wormwood has been termed as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.

Thujone is the reason why Absinthe was banned in lots of countries during the early 1900s. It was the thujone which was held responsible for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and many artists and writers reported that drinking Absinthe provided them their genius and inspiration through dreams and hallucinations. The famous 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 might happen after having a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe is not any more dangerous than some other strong spirit like vodka and whisky, though it is double the strength. Research has revealed that Absinthe only contains traces of thujone and therefore it’s not possible to take in enough Absinthe for thujone to get any negative or side effects. It will not trigger you to hallucinate or go insane and is now legal in the majority of countries. It remains illegal in Ireland however the Irish can order it from overseas and get it shipped for personal consumption.

You can create your very own bottled Absinthe by making use of Absinthe essences from These essences are made by distilling standard Absinthe herbs and all you must do would be to mix them together with vodka or Everclear – a straightforward and affordable method to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Seeing that Absinthe is legal for most countries, we could experiment with utilizing it in cocktails or make classic Absinthe cocktails such as the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Recipe

1 teaspoon of a good quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or 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 and base of the glass. Eliminate (or drink!) the excess.
Place the many other ingredients inside a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for approximately ½ a minute.
Pour in the glass, including the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of cooled champagne blended with 1 ounce of Absinthe – tasty!

Some individuals prefer to use mixers such as lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even heard about Red Bull being combined with Absinthe! Be innovative when deciding what you should mix Absinthe with, use recipes off of the Internet but give them your own twist or make-up your own. Have fun.