If you wish to
realize how to drink Absinthe you first need to understand what Absinthe is. Absinthe is a mystical and mythical distilled liquor made out of an alcohol base, just like wine, and flavored with herbs such as common wormwood (artemisia absinthium), fennel and aniseed. It has an anise flavor and it is usually green in color, although La Bleue styles are clear.
Absinthe is quite strong, as much as 75% ABV and about doubly strong as spirits for instance vodka or whisky. It was famously banned in early 1900s because of its thujone content. Thujone, in wormwood, was thought to be like THC in cannabis, and to be psychoactive and cause psychedelic effects. It’s now known that Absinthe only contains very small amounts of thujone and it is perfectly safe to drink moderately.
Absinthe supporters involve Van Gogh, Degas, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway who famously developed an Absinthe cocktail known as “Death in the Afternoon” – a mix of Absinthe and champagne. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, it is claimed, drank a “Tremblement de Terre” (Earthquake) which has been 1 part Absinthe combined with 1 part cognac!
How to Drink Absinthe from home
In Absinthe bars your Absinthe will likely be all set for you and your waiter might use an Absinthe fountain to prepare your drink, but you will want to understand how to ready your own Absinthe in your own home.
Firstly, you have got to purchase a quality Absinthe. Below are great tips and a few help for purchasing a reliable Absinthe:-
– Go online or in a liquor shop for Absinthes that may contain real wormwood and also a thujone content. Wormwood gives Absinthe its feature bitter taste. Absinthe just isn’t Absinthe without having wormwood, but there are numerous Absinthe substitutes or fake Absinthes which don’t contain wormwood or contain southernwood as an alternative.
– If the Absinthe lists its natural ingredients, look for the components aniseed and fennel, along with the wormwood, as well as other herbs for instance lemon balm, star anise, angelica, hyssop and dittany.
– Look at the ABV (alcohol by volume). It must be between 45 and 75%.
– Make your personal real Absinthe from essences. These distilled herbal Absinthe essences can be obtained from AbsintheKit.com who present essences to Absinthe distilleries. The essences consist of wormwood and are convenient to use – simply mix with a neutral alcohol base such as Everclear or vodka. An extremely economical method to make real Absinthe.
Upon having your Absinthe you must use “The Ritual” (the name for the art of making a good Absinthe) to arrange your Absinthe for drinking. To prepare your Absinthe you’ll need:-
– An Absinthe glass
– A slotted Absinthe spoon
– A sugar cube
– Ice cold water
Pour 25-50ml of Absinthe in the glass and rest the Absinthe spoon above the top of the glass. Position a sugar cube on the spoon and either use an Absinthe fountain to drip the iced water over the sugar cube or make use of a steady hand to carefully pour or drip the water over. As the sugar and water solution mixes within the Absinthe, the essential oils within the herbs will split, since they’re not water soluble, and may make the drink to louche, or go cloudy. This louching is the desired effect and if your Absinthe doesn’t louche then you have not got a top-quality Absinthe.
The ratio of water to Absinthe ought to be between 3:1 and 5:1 based on your taste. Stir the drink when all of the water has been added and settle-back and enjoy the experience.
These instructions on how to drink Absinthe will help you to make the perfect Absinthe every time.