way of serving Absinthe is to try using a method called The Ritual and to dilute it with water. Some individuals are uninterested of drinking Absinthe in this manner and would like to understand what to mix Absinthe with. I hope that this information will motivate you to enjoy Absinthe all the more.
Absinthe is a strong liquor which happens to be flavored with natural herbs including grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. In addition, it sometimes contains petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed gives the drink its wonderful anise taste and also the wormwood gives the Absinthe its attribute bitter or slightly sour flavor.
Grande wormwood consists of thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone by the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is a ketone and also a monoterpene like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Various other names that thujone extracted from wormwood has been referred to as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.
Thujone is the reason why Absinthe was banned in several countries in the early 1900s. It was the thujone which was blamed for the insanity and suicide of Van Gogh and several 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 never know what might happen after having a whole bottle?!
We now know that Absinthe is no more hazardous than almost every other strong spirit just like vodka and whisky, although it is two times the strength. Research shows that Absinthe only contains traces of thujone and that it’s not likely to consume enough Absinthe for thujone to obtain any negative or side effects. It will not cause you to hallucinate or go insane and is now legal in most countries. It is still illegal in Ireland nevertheless the Irish can order it from offshore and have it shipped for private consumption.
You can create your own personal bottled Absinthe by using Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are manufactured by distilling classic Absinthe herbs and all you should do is to mix them with vodka or Everclear – a straightforward and cost-effective strategy to make Absinthe.
What to Mix Absinthe With
Since Absinthe is legal in most countries, we could try out using it in cocktails or make classic Absinthe cocktails just like the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.
1 teaspoon of a high quality Absinthe
A sugar cube or maybe 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 around the glass to coat the sides as well as base of the glass. Discard (or drink!) the surplus.
Position the other ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for about Â½ a minute.
Pour into the glass, including the lemon peel.
Death in the Afternoon
5 ounces of refrigerated champagne combined with 1 ounce of Absinthe – delightful!
Some people love to use mixers like lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even got word of Red Bull being combined with Absinthe! Be inventive when deciding what things to mix Absinthe with, use recipes from the Internet but provide them with your personal twist or make up your very own. Have a great time.