How to drink Absinthe properly is the issue many people have when they have managed to get hold of a bottle of the Green Fairy. In La Belle Epoque in France everyone knew how to serve and drink Absinthe, it was part of the society and was even more widespread as compared to wine.

The knowledge of how to drink Absinthe was lost until recent times due to ban on Absinthe in most countries for many decades. In the United States it was suspended in 1912 and Absinthes including the “Lucid” brand only have just gone for sale in the US in 2007.

How To Drink Absinthe Using The Conventional “Ritual”

This is the primary approach to preparing Absinthe utilized in pre ban times in the 19th century in France and Switzerland. There is an art to using this approach and it is based on using a steady hand.

– Pour a shot of Absinthe straight into an Absinthe glass or huge glass.
– Rest a slotted Absinthe spoon above the top of the glass and place a cube of sugar on the spoon.
– Carefully drip iced water over the sugar so that the sugar dissolves and drips throughout the slots into the Absinthe. Either work with an Absinthe fountain or dripper to regulate the dripping or make use of a very steady hand to pour the water coming from a carafe.
– Observe the Absinthe louche (become cloudy) as the water mixes in the alcohol.
– Appreciate your Absinthe.

How To Drink Absinthe Using The Modern day Bohemian or Czech Approach

This is a more contemporary method which is a little bit of fun and is also scorned by a lot of Absinthe drinkers. It is often combined with cheaper Czech Absinthes and Absinthes which have a reduced alcohol content. Care must be taken when setting alcohol alight.

– Pour a shot of Absinthe into an Absinthe glass.
– Soak the sugar cube inside the Absinthe and then place on an Absinthe spoon resting on the rim of the glass.
– Using a lighter or match, set the sugar on fire and watch it as it caramelizes , melts and drips in to the Absinthe, it might set the Absinthe on fire too.
– Carefully pour iced water into the Absinthe to put out the flames and to make the Absinthe louche.
– Consume your Absinthe.

Ratios of water to Absinthe depend upon taste but a ratio which is between 3:1 and 5:1 water to Absinthe is the suggested dilution.

How To Drink Absinthe in Cocktails

Ernest Hemingway famously developed “Death in the Afternoon” – a cocktail of Absinthe and champagne, but there are plenty of other cocktail recipes for Absinthe. You do really need to remember that Absinthe is an extremely strong Alcoholic drink and is approximately twice the potency of other spirits just like vodka and whisky.

Cocktail tips:-

Absinthe and Vodka – Blend 3 parts Absinthe with one part top quality vodka within an iced glass (out of the freezer) and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Absinthe Explosion – Combine 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 different ways of how to drink Absinthe and you can even invent your individual cocktails.