Mastering What to Mix Absinthe With

The conventional technique of serving Absinthe is to try using a technique known as the Ritual and also to dilute it with water. Some people are uninterested of drinking Absinthe in this way and would like to realize what to mix Absinthe with. I hope that this article help you to enjoy Absinthe all the more.

Absinthe is usually a strong liquor which happens to be flavored with herbal plants which includes grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. Additionally, it sometimes features petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed provides the drink its amazing anise taste as well as the wormwood gives the Absinthe its attribute bitter or slightly sour taste.

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

Thujone is why Absinthe was banned in many countries in early 1900s. It was the thujone that has been held accountable for the insanity and suicide of Van Gogh and many artists and writers believed that drinking Absinthe gave them their genius and motivation by way of dreams and hallucinations. The famous 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 would happen after a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe isn’t any more hazardous than almost every other strong spirit like vodka and whisky, though it is twice the strength. Studies have shown that Absinthe only contains traces of thujone and that it’s not possible to consume enough Absinthe for thujone to obtain any negative or harmful effects. It will not cause you to hallucinate or go insane and is now legal in many countries. It’s still illegal in Ireland however the Irish can order it from offshore and get it shipped for personal consumption.

You could make your very own bottled Absinthe by utilizing Absinthe essences from These essences are produced by distilling classic Absinthe herbs and all you have to do is to mix them together with vodka or Everclear – a simple and cost-effective way to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Since Absinthe is legal in the majority of countries, we can experiment with utilizing 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 inside your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe round the glass to coat the sides and bottom part of the glass. Dispose of (or drink!) the extra.
Put the additional ingredients inside a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for approximately ½ a minute.
Pour into the glass, incorporating the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

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

A lot of people like 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 inventive when deciding what you should mix Absinthe with, use recipes off of the Internet but give them your own personal twist or make up your very own. Have a great time.