The traditional way of serving Absinthe is by using a technique
called The Ritual also to dilute it with water. Some individuals are bored of drinking Absinthe in this way and would like to know what to mix Absinthe with. I hope that this article help you to enjoy Absinthe much more.
Absinthe is actually a strong liquor that is flavored with herbal plants including grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. Additionally, it sometimes consists of petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed gives the drink its amazing anise taste and 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 a monoterpene much like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Other names that thujone obtained from wormwood has been known as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.
Thujone is why Absinthe was banned in many countries in the early 1900s. It was the thujone that was held responsible for the insanity and suicide of Van Gogh and several artists and writers claimed that drinking Absinthe afforded them their genius and inspiration through 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.” You never know what might happen following a whole bottle?!
We now know that Absinthe isn’t any more harmful than some other strong spirit such as vodka and whisky, though it is double the strength. Studies have shown that Absinthe only contains traces of thujone and therefore it isn’t probable to consume enough Absinthe for thujone to obtain any negative or side effects. It will not cause you to hallucinate or go insane and it’s now legal in most countries. It’s still illegal in Ireland nevertheless the Irish can order it from offshore and get it shipped for personal consumption.
You can make your personal bottled Absinthe by making use of Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are produced by distilling traditional Absinthe herbs and all you should do should be to mix them with vodka or Everclear – a simple and economical way to make Absinthe.
What to Mix Absinthe With
Since Absinthe is legal in most countries, we can experiment with making use of it in cocktails or produce classic Absinthe cocktails just 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 in your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe surrounding the glass to coat the sides as well as base of the glass. Discard (or drink!) the extra.
Place the other ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for around Â½ a minute.
Pour to 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 for instance lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even heard of Red Bull being blended with Absinthe! Be imaginative when deciding what you should mix Absinthe with, use recipes off of the Internet but let them have your personal twist or make-up your own. Have fun.