How To Use Absinthe

Absinthe has once more become a popular drink and, with the legalization of a few brands of Absinthe in 2007 in America, it could possibly even be said that we're experiencing an Absinthe resurrection. Yet, a lot of people don't fully realize how to use Absinthe correctly or perhaps what Absinthe is.

What Exactly is Absinthe

Absinthe isn't a hallucinogen or a drug. It's actually a strong liquor with an alcohol by quantity of as much as 75% and an anise flavor.

Legend has it that Absinthe was made by Dr Pierre Ordinaire in Couvet, Switzerland during the 18th century as being an elixir for his patients. By the turn of the nineteenth century Henri-Louis Pernod was distilling Absinthe and marketing it commercially. Pernod made use of a wine alcohol base distilled with assorted types of herbal plants such as wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), fennel, aniseed, star anise, hyssop, lemon balm, angelica, juniper, dittany, nutmeg and melissa.

Absinthe, or La Fee Verte (Green Fairy) while it grew to become known in France, became such a popular drink that it even becamevery popular than wine in France. Absinthe bars became popular plus the "Ritual" or traditional method of using and preparing Absinthe came to be.

Absinthe was banished in France in 1915 after it was claimed that Absinthe contained psychoactive chemicals and cause hallucinations, convulsions, insanity and death. Now it is known that these claims were false. Absinthe cannot and does not cause such effects. Absinthe was legalized in a great many countries during the 1990s.

How to Use Absinthe the Common Way

To make Absinthe in the standard way is to make use of the "Ritual".

You will need:-
- A big glass or Absinthe glass.
- Absinthe
- An Absinthe spoon - imitation glasses and spoons are available online at along with top-quality Absinthe essences to produce your own personal Absinthe.
- A sugar cube.
- A carafe of cold water.

Pour a shot of Absinthe in the glass.
Rest the spoon over the rim of the glass and place the sugar cube over the spoon.
Carefully drip, rather than pour, the iced water over the sugar to dissolve it.
Watch the Absinthe louche as the water combines in the Absinthe. The essential oils within the Absinthe are not soluble in water so result in the mixture to louche or go cloudy.
Blend your Absinthe and relish the taste of the Green Fairy.

Remember that although Absinthe is not going to provide you with hallucinations, it's a strong drink and it's also very easy to get drunk on Absinthe. Absinthe is manufactured out of a curious mixture of herbs - some are naturally sedative naturally whilst others are stimulants. This blend of herbs can grant an extremely different drunkenness than that brought on by other spirits or wine or beer. Some describe it as being a "clear headed" drunkenness.

The Czech or Bohemian Procedure

Using this type of method, once you have poured the shot of Absinthe in the glass you dip the sugar cube to the alcohol after which set it alight on the spoon using a match. Once the sugar has caramelized and melted through the spoon and in the Absinthe, you add the iced water.

The Bohemian technique is a contemporary method and is a little bit of fun really rather than a serious approach to drinking Absinthe. It may also be slightly dangerous since the whole glass of Absinthe can catch fire, somewhat of a waste of Absinthe! Be mindful.

The Ritual is easily the most popular method of using Absinthe but Absinthe could also be used in cocktails - constitute your own personal or search online for cocktail recipes to give you inspiration on how to use Absinthe.