How To Use Absinthe

Absinthe has yet again turned into a popular drink and, with the legalization of a few brands of Absinthe in 2007 in the USA, it can even be declared we’re experiencing an Absinthe revival. Yet, a number of people don’t fully realize how to use Absinthe correctly or perhaps what Absinthe is.

Precisely What is Absinthe

Absinthe is not a hallucinogen or a drug. It is a strong alcoholic drink with an alcohol by degree of up to 75% and an anise flavor.

Legend has it that Absinthe was made by Dr Pierre Ordinaire in Couvet, Switzerland during the 18th century as being an elixir for his patients. Through the turn of the 19th century Henri-Louis Pernod was distilling Absinthe and selling it commercially. Pernod utilized a wine alcohol base distilled with various forms of natural herbs for example wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), fennel, aniseed, star anise, hyssop, lemon balm, angelica, juniper, dittany, nutmeg and melissa.

Absinthe, or La Fee Verte (Green Fairy) as it became known in France, became such a well-liked drink that it even becamemore popular than wine in France. Absinthe bars become popular and also the “Ritual” or traditional way of using and preparing Absinthe was created.

Absinthe was suspended in France in 1915 after it had been claimed that Absinthe comprised psychoactive chemicals and cause hallucinations, convulsions, insanity and death. Now it is known these particular claims were false. Absinthe cannot and doesn’t cause such effects. Absinthe was legalized in many countries during the 1990s.

How to Use Absinthe the Typical Way

To make Absinthe in the standard way is to use the “Ritual”.

You’ll need:-
– A sizable glass or Absinthe glass.
– Absinthe
– An Absinthe spoon – imitation glasses and spoons can be purchased online at along with top-quality Absinthe essences to make your own Absinthe.
– A sugar cube.
– A carafe of iced water.

Pour a shot of Absinthe in the glass.
Rest the spoon over the rim of the glass and place the sugar cube on the spoon.
Gradually drip, rather than pour, the iced water above the sugar to dissolve it.
Watch the Absinthe louche as the water mixes into the Absinthe. The essential oils inside the Absinthe are certainly not soluble in water so make the mixture to louche or go cloudy.
Stir your Absinthe and enjoy the taste of the Green Fairy.

Remember that although Absinthe will not give you hallucinations, it is a strong drink and it’s also super easy to get drunk on Absinthe. Absinthe is manufactured out of a curious mixture of herbs – some are naturally sedative in nature while others are stimulants. This mixture of herbs can give an extremely different drunkenness than that caused by other spirits or wine or beer. Some describe it as a “clear headed” drunkenness.

The Czech or Bohemian Approach

Using this type of method, after you have poured the shot of Absinthe in the glass you dip the sugar cube to the alcohol and then set it up alight to the spoon by using a match. After the sugar has caramelized and melted through the spoon and in the Absinthe, you add the iced water.

The Bohemian strategy is a sophisticated method and it’s a little bit of fun really rather than serious method of drinking Absinthe. It could also be slightly dangerous for the reason that whole glass of Absinthe can catch fire, a bit of a waste of Absinthe! Be aware.

The Ritual is regarded as the popular means of using Absinthe but Absinthe may also be used in cocktails – constitute your personal or search online for cocktail recipes to offer you inspiration on how to use Absinthe.