Mastering What to Mix Absinthe With

The conventional technique of serving Absinthe is to try using a strategy referred to as the Ritual and to dilute it with water. Some people are bored of drinking Absinthe this way and wish to understand what to mix Absinthe with. Hopefully this information will enable you to enjoy Absinthe much more.

Absinthe is a strong liquor which happens to be flavored with natural herbs including grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. Additionally, it sometimes consists of petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed gives the drink its wonderful anise taste and the wormwood gives the Absinthe its typical bitter or slightly sour flavor.

Grande wormwood contains thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone by the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is a ketone as well as a monoterpene much like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Other 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 many countries in the early 1900s. It was the thujone that was held responsible for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers believed that drinking Absinthe provided them their genius and motivation by means of dreams and hallucinations. The renowned Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde claimed 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 would happen after having a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe is no more dangerous than any other strong spirit just like vodka and whisky, though it is two times the strength. Research has revealed that Absinthe only consists of traces of thujone and that it isn't probable to ingest enough Absinthe for thujone to obtain any negative or harmful effects. It won't trigger you to hallucinate or go insane and it is now legal in many countries. It remains illegal in Ireland nevertheless the Irish can order it from offshore and have it shipped for personal consumption.

You can make your very own bottled Absinthe by making use of Absinthe essences from These essences are produced by distilling standard Absinthe herbs and all you should do is to mix them along with vodka or Everclear - a simple and affordable strategy to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Seeing that Absinthe is legal in the majority of countries, we could experiment with utilizing it in cocktails or make classic Absinthe cocktails such as the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Menu

1 teaspoon of a top quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or maybe 1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 ½ ounces of Rye whisky (not bourbon)
3 dashes of angostura bitters
1 Lemon peel twist

Freeze a glass within your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe around the glass to coat the sides as well as bottom of the glass. Throw away (or drink!) the surplus.
Place the additional ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for approximately ½ a minute.
Pour into the glass, including the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of chilled champagne combined with 1 ounce of Absinthe - scrumptious!

Many people like to use mixers for instance lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even heard about Red Bull being blended with Absinthe! Be inventive when deciding what things to mix Absinthe with, use recipes off of the Internet but provide them with your own personal twist or make-up your own. Enjoy yourself.