The standard technique of serving Absinthe is to use an approach known as the Ritual and also to dilute it with water. Some people are uninterested of drinking Absinthe in this manner and wish to know what to mix Absinthe Hopefully this article help you to enjoy Absinthe much more.

Absinthe is usually a strong liquor which is flavored with herbal plants which includes grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. It also sometimes features petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed gives the drink its fantastic anise taste and also the wormwood gives the Absinthe its attribute bitter or slightly sour taste.

Grande wormwood consists of 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 referred to as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.

Thujone is the reason that Absinthe was banned in lots of countries in early 1900s. It had been the thujone that has been blamed for the insanity and suicide of Van Gogh and many artists and writers claimed that drinking Absinthe provided them their genius and inspiration by means of dreams and hallucinations. The well-known Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde stated 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 could happen following a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe isn't any more harmful than some other strong spirit such as vodka and whisky, although it is double the strength. Research has revealed that Absinthe only includes traces of thujone and therefore it is not likely to ingest enough Absinthe for thujone to get any negative or side effects. It won't cause you to hallucinate or go insane and it is now legal in most countries. It remains illegal in Ireland nevertheless the Irish can order it from offshore and have it shipped for private consumption.

You can make your personal bottled Absinthe by making use of Absinthe essences from These essences are produced by distilling traditional Absinthe herbs and all you should do is to mix them along with vodka or Everclear - an easy and cost-effective strategy to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Now that Absinthe is legal for most countries, we could experiment with making use of it in cocktails or create classic Absinthe cocktails much like the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Recipe

1 teaspoon of a high quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or 1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 ½ ounces of Rye whisky (not bourbon)
3 dashes of angostura bitters
1 Lemon peel twist

Freeze a glass inside your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe surrounding the glass to coat the sides as well as base of the glass. Discard (or drink!) the surplus.
Put the additional ingredients within a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for around ½ a minute.
Pour into the glass, including the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of chilled champagne blended with 1 ounce of Absinthe - scrumptious!

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