Finding out What to Mix Absinthe With

The standard way of serving Absinthe is to use a technique known as the Ritual and to dilute it with water. Some individuals are bored of drinking Absinthe this way and want to understand what to mix Absinthe Hopefully this information will enable you to enjoy Absinthe even more.

Absinthe is actually a strong liquor which happens to be flavored with herbal plants including grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. It also sometimes contains petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed provides the drink its amazing anise taste as well as the wormwood gives the Absinthe its attribute bitter or slightly sour taste.

Grande wormwood consists of thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone by the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is actually a ketone and a monoterpene much like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Additional names that thujone obtained from wormwood has been referred to as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.

Thujone is the reason why Absinthe was banned in several countries in early 1900s. It was the thujone which was blamed for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers claimed that drinking Absinthe afforded them their genius and motivation through dreams and hallucinations. The famous Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde explained 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 a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe is no more dangerous than some other strong spirit such as vodka and whisky, although it is two times the strength. Research has revealed that Absinthe only includes traces of thujone and therefore it’s not likely to ingest enough Absinthe for thujone to obtain any negative or harmful effects. It will not make you 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 overseas and get it shipped for personal consumption.

You can make your very own bottled Absinthe by making use of Absinthe essences from These essences are manufactured by distilling conventional Absinthe herbs and all you should do would be to mix them along with vodka or Everclear – a straightforward and affordable strategy to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Since Absinthe is legal in most countries, we could experiment with making use of it in cocktails or make classic Absinthe cocktails just like the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Recipe

1 teaspoon of a good quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or maybe 1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 ½ 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 and bottom level of the glass. Throw away (or drink!) the excess.
Position the other ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for approximately ½ a minute.
Pour in the glass, adding the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of refrigerated champagne mixed with 1 ounce of Absinthe – tasty!

Some people prefer to use mixers like lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even heard of Red Bull being combined with Absinthe! Be inventive when deciding what things to mix Absinthe with, use recipes from the Internet but give them your own personal twist or make-up your own. Have fun.