The traditional technique of serving Absinthe is by using a technique
known as the Ritual and also to dilute it with water. Some individuals are bored of drinking Absinthe in this way and wish to know what to mix Absinthe with. Hopefully this article allow you to enjoy Absinthe even more.
Absinthe is a strong liquor which is flavored with herbal plants which includes grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. It also sometimes contains petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed gives the drink its fantastic anise taste and also the wormwood gives the Absinthe its attribute bitter or slightly sour taste.
Grande wormwood contains thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone from the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is a ketone and a monoterpene 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 why Absinthe was banned in many countries in early 1900s. It was the thujone which was held responsible for the insanity and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers reported that drinking Absinthe afforded them their genius and motivation by way 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.” You never know what could happen following a whole bottle?!
We now know that Absinthe is no more dangerous than almost every other strong spirit just like vodka and whisky, although it is double the strength. Research shows that Absinthe only includes traces of thujone and that it is not probable to consume enough Absinthe for thujone to have any negative or side effects. It won’t trigger you to hallucinate or go insane and it is now legal in many countries. It remains illegal in Ireland but the Irish can order it from offshore and get it shipped for personal consumption.
You can make your very own bottled Absinthe by utilizing Absinthe essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are created by distilling standard Absinthe herbs and all you need to do is to mix them together with vodka or Everclear – a simple and economical strategy to make Absinthe.
What to Mix Absinthe With
Seeing that Absinthe is legal in the majority of countries, we could try out making use of it in cocktails or make classic Absinthe cocktails much like the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.
1 teaspoon of a top quality Absinthe
A sugar cube or maybe 1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 Â½ 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 and bottom of the glass. Discard (or drink!) the excess.
Put the many other ingredients inside a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for around Â½ a minute.
Pour in the glass, incorporating the lemon peel.
Death in the Afternoon
5 ounces of chilled champagne mixed with 1 ounce of Absinthe – delicious!
Many people love to use mixers such as lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even heard of Red Bull being combined with Absinthe! Be inventive when deciding what you should mix Absinthe with, use recipes off the Internet but let them have your own twist or make up your own. Have fun.