Discovering What to Mix Absinthe With

The conventional


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method of serving Absinthe is by using a method known as the Ritual also to dilute it with water. A number of people are bored of drinking Absinthe in this manner and wish to realize what to mix Absinthe with. I hope that this information will help you to enjoy Absinthe all the more.

Absinthe is usually a strong liquor which is flavored with natural herbs such as grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. In addition, it sometimes features petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed gives the drink its amazing anise taste and also the wormwood gives the Absinthe its characteristic bitter or slightly sour flavor.

Grande wormwood contains thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone from the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is a ketone as well as a monoterpene like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Other names that thujone obtained from wormwood has been termed 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 has been blamed for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers reported that drinking Absinthe provided them their genius and motivation by means of dreams and hallucinations. The renowned Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde said 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 will never know what would happen after having a whole bottle?!

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

You can make your own personal bottled Absinthe by utilizing Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are made by distilling classic Absinthe herbs and all you have to do would be to mix them with vodka or Everclear – a straightforward and affordable method to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Now that Absinthe is legal in many countries, we could try out using it in cocktails or make classic Absinthe cocktails much like the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Menu

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 also bottom part of the glass. Eliminate (or drink!) the surplus.
Position the additional ingredients inside a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for around ½ a minute.
Pour to the glass, incorporating the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of chilled champagne blended with 1 ounce of Absinthe – delightful!

Some individuals love to use mixers such as lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even heard about Red Bull being combined with Absinthe! Be imaginative when deciding what you should mix Absinthe with, use recipes off of the Internet but give them your own twist or make up your own. Have fun.