Since the legalization of Absinthe in lots of countries in the late 1980s and 90s, and 2007 in the USA for some brands, lots of people have been curious about how to serve Absinthe to enjoy the perfect Green Fairy of history, the drink loved by Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso as well as Oscar Wilde.
Firstly, you have to make sure that you currently have a real Absinthe. Fake Absinthes and substitutes will not taste right and won’t louche properly. Genuine Absinthe is made up of essential oils from herbs like wormwood, aniseed, fennel, hyssop as well as 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 its content has real wormwood. If you find it difficult to discover real wormwood Absinthe, you can create your own 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 carbon dioxide distillation. Just mix some essence with vodka or Everclear to make your very own Absinthe.
AbsintheKit sell 20ml bottles of essence which can make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe plus they sell kits which include enough essence to create 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels and also a handy measure. See the website for more details along with a guide on how to make Absinthe making use of their essences.
How to Serve Absinthe
The proper culinary term for the cultural preparation of Absinthe is “The Ritual”. To be properly “cultured” you should have:-
– An Absinthe glass – classic 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 top of the glass and rest a cube of sugar upon it. Using either an Absinthe fountain or perhaps a carafe having a steady hand, gradually drip or pour the water on the sugar. As the water mixes into the Absinthe the drink will louche. This effect can be rather dramatic with respect to the Absinthe and the concentration of essential oils. The ratio of water to Absinthe liquor must be between 3:1 and 5:1. Stir the drink as soon as all the water has dripped in after which enjoy your Absinthe.
Remember to drink Absinthe moderately, it’s actually a strong spirit. Many individuals comment on the very different style of drunkenness they experience when drinking Absinthe. It has been described as a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness. This might be brought on by the mixture of herbs utilised in Absinthe production – some have a sedative effect while some act as stimulants, very strange!
Enjoy understanding how to serve Absinthe while using the ritual.