If you’d like to
recognize how to drink Absinthe first you need to understand what Absinthe is. Absinthe is a mysterious and mythical distilled liquor made from an alcohol base, just like wine, and flavored with herbs including common wormwood (artemisia absinthium), fennel and aniseed. It has an anise flavor and is also usually green in color, although La Bleue styles are crystal clear.
Absinthe is extremely strong, up to 75% ABV and approximately two times as strong as spirits just like vodka or whisky. It had been famously restricted in the early 1900s because of its thujone content. Thujone, in wormwood, was believed to be like THC in cannabis, and also to be psychoactive and cause psychedelic effects. It’s now known that Absinthe only contains really small quantities of thujone and is also perfectly safe to drink sparingly.
Absinthe fans consist of Van Gogh, Degas, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway who famously conceived an Absinthe cocktail known as “Death in the Afternoon” – a mix of Absinthe and champagne. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, it’s claimed, drank a “Tremblement de Terre” (Earthquake) which has been 1 part Absinthe blended with 1 part cognac!
How to Drink Absinthe from home
In Absinthe bars your Absinthe will likely be prepared for you and your waiter could use an Absinthe fountain to arrange your drink, but you would want to understand how to prepare your own Absinthe at home.
Firstly, you will have to purchase a quality Absinthe. Here are some ideas and a few help for getting a reliable Absinthe:-
– Look online or in a liquor shop for Absinthes that may contain real wormwood and also have a thujone content. Wormwood gives Absinthe its attribute bitter taste. Absinthe just isn’t Absinthe without wormwood, but there are numerous Absinthe substitutes or fake Absinthes that do not contain wormwood or contain southernwood instead.
– If the Absinthe lists its natural ingredients, look for the components aniseed and fennel, aside from the wormwood, as well as other herbs such as lemon balm, star anise, angelica, hyssop and dittany.
– Consider the ABV (alcohol by volume). It must be between 45 and 75%.
– Create your personal real Absinthe from essences. These distilled herbal Absinthe essences are available from AbsintheKit.com who offer essences to Absinthe distilleries. The essences contain wormwood and are convenient to use – simply mix with a neutral alcohol base like Everclear or vodka. A very economical approach to make real Absinthe.
Once you have your Absinthe you must use “The Ritual” (the term for the art of creating a good Absinthe) to arrange your Absinthe for drinking. To prepare your Absinthe you’ll need:-
Pour 25-50ml of Absinthe into the glass and rest the Absinthe spoon over the top of the glass. Position a sugar cube on the spoon and either use an Absinthe fountain to drip the iced water on the sugar cube or make use of a steady hand to carefully pour or drip the water over. As the sugar and water solution blends within the Absinthe, the essential oils in the herbs will separate, because they’re not water soluble, and will cause the drink to louche, or go cloudy. This louching is the preferred effect and if your Absinthe doesn’t louche then you have not got a top-quality Absinthe.
The proportion of water to Absinthe should be between 3:1 and 5:1 depending on your taste. Stir the drink when all the water has been added and sit back and relish the experience.
These instructions on how to drink Absinthe will help you to make the perfect Absinthe every time.