Ever since the legalization of Absinthe in several countries during the late 1980s and 90s, and 2007 in the USA for certain brands, many people have been wanting to know how to serve Absinthe to take pleasure from the ideal Green Fairy of history, the drink appreciated by Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Oscar Wilde.
Firstly, you have to ensure that you have got a real Absinthe. Fake Absinthes and substitutes will not likely taste right and won't louche properly. True Absinthe consists of essential oils from herbs similar to wormwood, aniseed, fennel, hyssop and lemon balm. These oils are soluble in Absinthe alcohol but when the Absinthe is prepared in the right way, with cold water, the Absinthe louches (gets cloudy or milky) because the oils aren't water soluble.
Be sure that the Absinthe you purchase is known as "Absinthe", Absenta (from Spain) or "Absynthe" and that it has real wormwood. If you find it difficult to locate real wormwood Absinthe, you can make your own personal Absinthe using the special Absinthe essences sold by AbsintheKit.com. These essences are exactly the same ones that the company sell to the Absinthe Industry and so are specially created using top-quality herbs and co2 distillation. Purely mix some essence with vodka or Everclear to create your own Absinthe.
AbsintheKit sell 20ml bottles of essence that will make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe additionally they sell kits that include enough essence to make 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels as well as a handy measure. See their site for further details along with a guide on how to make Absinthe using their essences.
How to Serve Absinthe
The correct culinary term for the cultural prep of Absinthe is "The Ritual". For being properly "cultured" you'll need:-
- An Absinthe glass - antique or replica.
- An Absinthe slotted spoon (cuillere).
- Cold Water.
Pour a shot of Absinthe (25-50ml) of Absinthe to the glass. Rest the Absinthe spoon on the top of the glass and rest a cube of sugar upon it. Using either an Absinthe fountain or possibly a carafe which has a steady hand, gradually drip or pour the water over the sugar. As the water mixes into the Absinthe the drink will louche. This effect can be fairly extraordinary with respect to the Absinthe and the concentration of essential oils. The ratio of water to Absinthe liquor should be between 3:1 and 5:1. Stir the drink as soon as all the water has dripped in and then enjoy your Absinthe.
Remember to drink Absinthe sparingly, it's a strong spirit. Many people comment on the very different kind of drunkenness they encounter when drinking Absinthe. It's been identified as a "clear headed" or "lucid" drunkenness. This could be brought on by the blend of herbs used in Absinthe production - some have got a sedative effect although some work as stimulants, very strange!
Enjoy understanding how to serve Absinthe while using the ritual.