Knowing What to Mix Absinthe With

The original method of serving Absinthe is by using a technique

known as the Ritual and also to dilute it with water. Some individuals are uninterested of drinking Absinthe this way and want to understand what to mix Absinthe with. I hope that this information will allow you to enjoy Absinthe even more.

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

Grande wormwood contains thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone by the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is actually a ketone and also a monoterpene just 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 several countries during the early 1900s. It had been the thujone which was held responsible for the insanity and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers claimed that drinking Absinthe provided them their genius and creativity by means of dreams and hallucinations. The well-known Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde said 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.” Who knows what could happen after having a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe isn’t any more harmful than any other strong spirit such as vodka and whisky, although it is two times the strength. Research shows that Absinthe only consists of traces of thujone and that it’s not likely to ingest enough Absinthe for thujone to get any negative or harmful effects. It will not make you hallucinate or go insane and it’s now legal in most countries. It’s still illegal in Ireland but the Irish can order it from overseas and have it shipped for private consumption.

You can create your personal bottled Absinthe by using Absinthe essences from These essences are created by distilling traditional Absinthe herbs and all you need to do is to mix them along with vodka or Everclear – a simple and cost-effective way to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Now that Absinthe is legal in most countries, we can test out utilizing it in cocktails or produce classic Absinthe cocktails much like the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Menu

1 teaspoon of a top 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 within your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe round the glass to coat the sides and also bottom level of the glass. Discard (or drink!) the excess.
Position the many other ingredients inside a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for around ½ a minute.
Pour in the glass, adding the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of cooled champagne mixed with 1 ounce of Absinthe – delicious!

Some individuals like to use mixers like lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even been aware of Red Bull being combined with Absinthe! Be resourceful when deciding what things to mix Absinthe with, use recipes off of the Internet but give them your own personal twist or make up your very own. Enjoy yourself.