Ever since the legalization of Absinthe in many countries during the late 1980s and 90s, and 2007 in the USA for several brands, many individuals happen to be wanting to know how to serve Absinthe to take pleasure from the ideal Green Fairy of history, the drink loved by Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso as well as Oscar Wilde.
Firstly, you should make certain you currently have a real Absinthe. Fake Absinthes and substitutes won’t taste right and won’t louche properly. Real Absinthe contains essential oils from herbs just like wormwood, aniseed, fennel, hyssop and lemon balm. These oils are soluble in Absinthe alcohol however when the Absinthe is prepared in the correct way, with cold water, the Absinthe louches (gets cloudy or milky) since the oils are certainly not water soluble.
Be sure that the Absinthe you get is known as “Absinthe”, Absenta (from Spain) or “Absynthe” and that it contains real wormwood. If you find it hard to locate real wormwood Absinthe, you could make your own personal Absinthe while using the special Absinthe essences sold by AbsintheKit.com. These essences are similar ones which the company sell to the Absinthe Industry and therefore are specially made using top-quality herbs and carbon dioxide distillation. Purely mix some essence with vodka or Everclear to produce your very own Absinthe.
AbsintheKit sell 20ml bottles of essence that will make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe plus they sell kits which feature enough essence to make 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels and also a handy measure. See their website for further details and a guide on how to make Absinthe using their essences.
How to Serve Absinthe
The right culinary term for the cultural preparation of Absinthe is “The Ritual”. For being properly “cultured” you should have:-
– An Absinthe glass – classic or replica.
– An Absinthe slotted spoon (cuillere).
– Cold Water.
Pour a shot of Absinthe (25-50ml) of Absinthe into the glass. Rest the Absinthe spoon on top of the glass and rest a cube of sugar upon it. Using either an Absinthe fountain or possibly a carafe with a steady hand, gradually drip or pour the water above the sugar. As the water mixes in the Absinthe the drink will louche. This effect can be fairly dramatic with respect to the Absinthe and the concentration of essential oils. The proportion of water to Absinthe liquor ought to be between 3:1 and 5:1. Stir the drink once all the water has dripped in and then enjoy your Absinthe.
Remember to drink Absinthe sparingly, it’s a strong spirit. Many individuals comment on the very different type of drunkenness they encounter when drinking Absinthe. It’s been described as a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness. This could be brought on by the combination of herbs used in Absinthe production – some have a sedative effect although some behave as stimulants, very strange!
Enjoy learning how to serve Absinthe while using the ritual.