Learning What to Mix Absinthe With

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method of serving Absinthe is to try using a technique called The Ritual and to dilute it with water. Some people are bored of drinking Absinthe this way and want to understand what to mix Absinthe with. Hopefully this information will motivate you to enjoy Absinthe all the more.

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

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

Thujone is the reason that Absinthe was banned in several countries in the early 1900s. It was the thujone that has been held accountable for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and several artists and writers claimed that drinking Absinthe provided them their genius and motivation through dreams and hallucinations. The famous Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde stated 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 will never know what might happen following a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe is no more dangerous than some other strong spirit just like vodka and whisky, even though it is two times the strength. Research has revealed that Absinthe only consists of traces of thujone and that it is not likely to consume enough Absinthe for thujone to get any negative or harmful effects. It will not cause you to hallucinate or go insane and it is now legal in the majority of countries. It’s still illegal in Ireland however the Irish can order it from abroad and have it shipped for personal consumption.

You can create your very own bottled Absinthe by using Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are created by distilling traditional Absinthe herbs and all you have to do should be to mix them along with vodka or Everclear – an easy and affordable approach to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Since Absinthe is legal in most countries, we could test out using it in cocktails or make classic Absinthe cocktails such as 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 round the glass to coat the sides as well as base of the glass. Throw away (or drink!) the excess.
Put the additional ingredients within 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 refrigerated champagne mixed with 1 ounce of Absinthe – delightful!

Some individuals love to use mixers just like lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even heard of Red Bull being blended with Absinthe! Be imaginative when deciding what you should mix Absinthe with, use recipes from the Internet but let them have your own personal twist or makeup your own. Have a great time.