Finding out What to Mix Absinthe With

The original technique of serving Absinthe is to try using a method called The Ritual and to dilute it with water. A number of people are bored of drinking Absinthe in this way and would like to know what to mix Absinthe Hopefully this information will enable you to enjoy Absinthe all the more.

Absinthe is actually a strong liquor which is flavored with herbal plants including grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. In addition, it sometimes consists of petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed gives the drink its amazing anise taste as well as the wormwood provides the Absinthe its typical 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 actually a ketone as well as a monoterpene much like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Some other names that thujone extracted 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 had been the thujone which was held accountable for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers reported that drinking Absinthe gave them their genius and motivation by way of 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." Who knows what could happen following a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe isn't any more hazardous than almost every other strong spirit just like vodka and whisky, although it is two times the strength. Research has revealed that Absinthe only consists of traces of thujone and that it isn't likely to ingest enough Absinthe for thujone to have any negative or harmful effects. It won't trigger you to hallucinate or go insane and is now legal in many countries. It is still illegal in Ireland but the Irish can order it from overseas and get it shipped for personal consumption.

You can make your own personal bottled Absinthe by utilizing Absinthe essences from These essences are created by distilling standard Absinthe herbs and all you should do is to mix them along with vodka or Everclear - a straightforward and affordable way to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Now that Absinthe is legal in the majority of countries, we can experiment with using it in cocktails or produce classic Absinthe cocktails just 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 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.
Position the additional ingredients within 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 cooled champagne combined with 1 ounce of Absinthe - tasty!

Some individuals like to use mixers just like lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even got word of Red Bull being blended with Absinthe! Be inventive when deciding what things to mix Absinthe with, use recipes from the Internet but let them have your own personal twist or makeup your own. Have a good time.