Finding out What to Mix Absinthe With

The traditional


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way of serving Absinthe is to use a technique referred to as the Ritual also to dilute it with water. A lot of people are bored of drinking Absinthe this way and would like to understand what to mix Absinthe with. I hope that this information will allow you to enjoy Absinthe all the more.

Absinthe is usually a strong liquor which is flavored with herbal plants which includes 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 provides the Absinthe its attribute bitter or slightly sour flavour.

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. Additional names that thujone obtained from wormwood has been known as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.

Thujone is the reason that Absinthe was banned in several countries in early 1900s. It was the thujone that was blamed for the insanity and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers reported that drinking Absinthe provided them their genius and inspiration through dreams and hallucinations. The well-known 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 would happen following a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe isn’t any more dangerous than almost every other strong spirit just like vodka and whisky, though it is two times the strength. Research shows that Absinthe only includes traces of thujone and that it’s not probable to ingest enough Absinthe for thujone to have any negative or harmful effects. It will not make you hallucinate or go insane and it’s now legal in most countries. It remains illegal in Ireland but the Irish can order it from offshore and have it shipped for personal consumption.

You could make your very own bottled Absinthe by using Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are made by distilling standard Absinthe herbs and all you must do is to mix them together with vodka or Everclear – a simple and cost-effective approach to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Now that Absinthe is legal in the majority of countries, we could test out using it in cocktails or create classic Absinthe cocktails such as New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Menu

1 teaspoon of a top quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or perhaps 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 base of the glass. Eliminate (or drink!) the surplus.
Put the other ingredients inside a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for approximately ½ a minute.
Pour into the glass, adding the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of cooled champagne blended with 1 ounce of Absinthe – scrumptious!

A lot of people prefer to use mixers for instance lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even heard about Red Bull being combined with Absinthe! Be innovative when deciding what to mix Absinthe with, use recipes off the Internet but provide them with your own personal twist or make-up your own. Enjoy yourself.