How to drink Absinthe appropriately is the issue many people have when they have been able to acquire a bottle of the Green Fairy. In La Belle Epoque in France every person knew how to serve and drink Absinthe, it was part of the
culture and was even more famous as compared to wine.
The information of how to drink Absinthe was lost until recent years because of the ban on Absinthe in many countries for many decades. In the United States it was banned in 1912 and Absinthes such as the “Lucid” brand only have just gone for sale in the US in 2007.
How To Drink Absinthe While using Conventional “Ritual”
This is the classic method of preparing Absinthe employed in pre ban times in the nineteenth century in France and Switzerland. It comes with an art to using this approach and it is based on using a steady hand.
– Pour a shot of Absinthe in to an Absinthe glass or large glass.
– Rest a slotted Absinthe spoon above the top of the glass and place a cube of sugar over the spoon.
– Carefully drip iced water on the sugar in order that the sugar dissolves and drips through the slots in the Absinthe. Either work with an Absinthe fountain or dripper to control the dripping or use a very steady hand to pour the water coming from a carafe.
– Watch the Absinthe louche (become cloudy) as the water mixes into the alcohol.
– Enjoy your Absinthe.
How To Drink Absinthe While using Modern day Bohemian or Czech Approach
This is a more sophisticated method which is a bit of fun and it is scorned by many Absinthe drinkers. It’s often used in combination with cheaper Czech Absinthes and Absinthes which have a lower alcohol content. Care has to be taken when setting alcohol alight.
– Pour a shot of Absinthe directly into an Absinthe glass.
– Saturate the sugar cube in the Absinthe after which put on an Absinthe spoon resting on the rim of the glass.
– Utilizing a lighter or match, set the sugar on fire and observe it as it caramelizes , melts and drips in the Absinthe, it might set the Absinthe on fire too.
– Slowly pour iced water to the Absinthe to extinguish the flames also to make the Absinthe louche.
– Ingest your Absinthe.
Proportions of water to Absinthe depend on taste but a ratio which can be between 3:1 and 5:1 water to Absinthe is the suggested dilution.
How To Drink Absinthe in Cocktails
Ernest Hemingway famously produced “Death in the Afternoon” – a cocktail of Absinthe and champagne, but there are numerous other cocktail recipes for Absinthe. You do really need to remember that Absinthe is a very strong Alcoholic drink and is somewhere around twice the strength of other spirits just like vodka and whisky.
Absinthe and Vodka – Blend 3 parts Absinthe with one part good quality vodka inside an iced glass (out of the freezer) and garnish by using a sprig of mint.
Absinthe Explosion – Combine 3 parts Tequila, 4 parts vodka, 3 parts whisky and 7 parts Absinthe. Put ice and stir.
Absinthe Bloody Mary – Put 1 shot of Absinthe in to a cocktail glass with ice and top up with tomato juice. Include a dash of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce and season with salt and pepper.
There are plenty of alternative methods of how to drink Absinthe and you can even invent your individual cocktails.