way of serving Absinthe is to use a method referred to as the Ritual also to dilute it with water. A number of people are bored of drinking Absinthe in this manner and would like to learn what to mix Absinthe with. I hope that this information will enable you to enjoy Absinthe much more.
Absinthe is usually a strong liquor which is flavored with herbal plants such as grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. Additionally, it sometimes contains petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed gives the drink its amazing anise taste and also the wormwood gives the Absinthe its attribute bitter or slightly sour flavour.
Grande wormwood is made up of thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone via the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is a ketone and also a monoterpene much like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Some other names that thujone extracted from wormwood has been termed as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.
Thujone is the reason why Absinthe was banned in many countries in early 1900s. It had been the thujone that was held responsible for the insanity and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers believed that drinking Absinthe gave them their genius and motivation by means of dreams and hallucinations. The famous 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.” You will never know what might happen after having a whole bottle?!
We now know that Absinthe is no more harmful than almost every other strong spirit like vodka and whisky, although it is twice the strength. Research shows that Absinthe only consists of traces of thujone and therefore it is not probable to ingest enough Absinthe for thujone to have any negative or side effects. It will not cause you to hallucinate or go insane and is now legal in the majority of countries. It is still illegal in Ireland but the Irish can order it from overseas and get it shipped for personal consumption.
You can make your very own bottled Absinthe by using Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are manufactured by distilling standard Absinthe herbs and all you must do is to mix them with vodka or Everclear – an easy and cost-effective strategy to make Absinthe.
What to Mix Absinthe With
Given that Absinthe is legal in the majority of countries, we could try out using it in cocktails or create classic Absinthe cocktails much like the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.
1 teaspoon of a good quality Absinthe
A sugar cube or perhaps 1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 Â½ ounces of Rye whisky (not bourbon)
3 dashes of angostura bitters
1 Lemon peel twist
Freeze a glass inside your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe surrounding the glass to coat the sides and bottom part of the glass. Dispose of (or drink!) the surplus.
Place the other ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for approximately Â½ a minute.
Pour into the glass, adding the lemon peel.
Death in the Afternoon
5 ounces of chilled champagne combined with 1 ounce of Absinthe – delightful!
Some individuals love to use mixers such as lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even been aware 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 twist or make-up your own. Have fun.