How to drink Absinthe correctly is the issue lots of people have if they have been able to acquire a bottle of the Green Fairy. In La Belle Epoque in France everybody knew how to serve and drink Absinthe, it was part of the
culture and was even more common compared to wine.
The information of how to drink Absinthe was lost until modern times because of the ban on Absinthe in many countries for several decades. In the United States it had been suspended in 1912 and Absinthes such as the "Lucid" brand only have just gone on sale in the US in 2007.
How To Drink Absinthe While using the Conventional "Ritual"
This is the classic procedure for preparing Absinthe used in pre ban times in the nineteenth century in France and Switzerland. There's an art to working with this method and it is based on utilizing a steady hand.
- Pour a shot of Absinthe in an Absinthe glass or huge glass.
- Rest a slotted Absinthe spoon on the top of the glass and place a cube of sugar about the spoon.
- Gradually drip iced water on the sugar in order that the sugar dissolves and drips through the slots in the Absinthe. Either work with an Absinthe fountain or dripper to control the dripping or work with a very steady hand to pour the water from a carafe.
- Watch the Absinthe louche (become cloudy) as the water mixes into the alcohol.
- Take pleasure in your Absinthe.
How To Drink Absinthe Using The Contemporary Bohemian or Czech Technique
This is a more modern method which is a little bit of fun and is also scorned by a lot of Absinthe drinkers. It is often used in combination with cheaper Czech Absinthes and Absinthes which have a reduced alcohol content. Care has to be taken when setting alcohol alight.
- Pour a shot of Absinthe into an Absinthe glass.
- Soak the sugar cube inside the Absinthe and after that place on an Absinthe spoon resting on the rim of the glass.
- Employing a lighter or match, set the sugar on fire and watch it as it caramelizes , melts and drips in to the Absinthe, it may set the Absinthe on fire too.
- Carefully pour iced water in the Absinthe to put out the flames and also to make the Absinthe louche.
- Consume your Absinthe.
Percentages of water to Absinthe depend upon taste but a ratio of between 3:1 and 5:1 water to Absinthe is the recommended dilution.
How To Drink Absinthe in Cocktails
Ernest Hemingway famously produced "Death in the Afternoon" - a cocktail of Absinthe and champagne, but there are plenty of other cocktail recipes for Absinthe. You do have to remember that Absinthe is certainly a strong Alcoholic drink and is roughly twice the strength of other spirits like vodka and whisky.
Absinthe and Vodka - Blend 3 parts Absinthe with one part high quality vodka in an iced glass (out of the freezer) and garnish with a sprig of mint.
Absinthe Explosion - Blend 3 parts Tequila, 4 parts vodka, 3 parts whisky and 7 parts Absinthe. Include ice and stir.
Absinthe Bloody Mary - Put 1 shot of Absinthe in a cocktail glass with ice and top up with tomato juice. Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce and season with pepper and salt.
There are several other ways of how to drink Absinthe and you may even invent your own cocktails.