The standard technique of serving Absinthe is by using a method
known as the Ritual and to dilute it with water. A lot of people are uninterested of drinking Absinthe in this manner and want to understand what to mix Absinthe with. Hopefully this information will motivate you to enjoy Absinthe all the more.
Absinthe is actually a strong liquor which happens to be 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 the wormwood gives the Absinthe its attribute bitter or slightly sour flavor.
Grande wormwood contains thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone via the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is actually a ketone and also a monoterpene much like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Additional names that thujone extracted from wormwood has been referred to as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.
Thujone is the reason why Absinthe was banned in lots of countries in the early 1900s. It had been the thujone that was held responsible for the insanity and suicide of Van Gogh and several artists and writers claimed that drinking Absinthe gave them their genius and inspiration by means of 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 after having a whole bottle?!
We now know that Absinthe isn't any more dangerous than some other strong spirit such as vodka and whisky, even though it is double the strength. Research has revealed that Absinthe only includes traces of thujone and therefore it's not likely to take in enough Absinthe for thujone to get any negative or harmful effects. It won't make you hallucinate or go insane and is now legal in most countries. It is still illegal in Ireland however the Irish can order it from abroad and get it shipped for personal consumption.
You could make your personal bottled Absinthe by using Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are created by distilling traditional Absinthe herbs and all you have to do would be to mix them with vodka or Everclear - a straightforward and economical way to make Absinthe.
What to Mix Absinthe With
Seeing that Absinthe is legal in most countries, we can easily experiment with utilizing it in cocktails or create classic Absinthe cocktails much like the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.
1 teaspoon of a top quality Absinthe
A sugar cube or perhaps 1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 Â½ ounces of Rye whisky (not bourbon)
3 dashes of angostura bitters
1 Lemon peel twist
Freeze a glass within your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe round the glass to coat the sides and also base of the glass. Eliminate (or drink!) the extra.
Place the additional ingredients within a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for approximately Â½ a minute.
Pour to the glass, adding the lemon peel.
Death in the Afternoon
5 ounces of refrigerated champagne blended with 1 ounce of Absinthe - tasty!
Some people like to use mixers such as 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 off the Internet but let them have your own personal twist or makeup your own. Have a great time.