Knowing What to Mix Absinthe With

The standard


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technique of serving Absinthe is to use a method known as the Ritual and also to dilute it with water. Some people are uninterested of drinking Absinthe this way and would like to learn what to mix Absinthe with. I hope that this information will enable you to enjoy Absinthe even more.

Absinthe is actually a strong liquor that is flavored with herbal plants such as grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. Additionally, it sometimes consists of petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed provides the drink its wonderful anise taste and the wormwood gives the Absinthe its characteristic bitter or slightly sour taste.

Grande wormwood is made up of thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone from the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is actually a ketone and a monoterpene much like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Some 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 in the early 1900s. It was the thujone which was held responsible for the insanity and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers reported that drinking Absinthe gave them their genius and inspiration by means of dreams and hallucinations. The renowned Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde claimed 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 after a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe is no more dangerous than some other strong spirit such as vodka and whisky, even though it is double the strength. Research shows that Absinthe only includes traces of thujone and therefore it is not probable 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 nevertheless the Irish can order it from abroad and have it shipped for private consumption.

You can make your personal bottled Absinthe by utilizing Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are produced by distilling traditional Absinthe herbs and all you must do is to mix them with vodka or Everclear – a simple and affordable way to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Seeing that Absinthe is legal in the majority of countries, we could try out utilizing it in cocktails or produce classic Absinthe cocktails such as New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Menu

1 teaspoon of a high 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 inside your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe around the glass to coat the sides as well as bottom part of the glass. Throw away (or drink!) the surplus.
Position the many other ingredients inside a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for around ½ a minute.
Pour into the glass, including the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of refrigerated champagne combined with 1 ounce of Absinthe – delicious!

Many people prefer to use mixers just like lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even heard about Red Bull being combined with Absinthe! Be inventive when deciding what to mix Absinthe with, use recipes from the Internet but provide them with your own twist or make-up your own. Have a good time.