Ever since the legalisation of a number of brands of Absinthe in the United States in 2007, there has been an Absinthe revolution. Folks are searching desperately on the net for info on Absinthe and ways to work with it. Many now would like to introduce their friends to the Green Fairy and to utilize the drink when entertaining. But what food to serve with Absinthe?

Absinthe was developed by Dr Pierre Ordinaire in the late 18th century as a medicinal elixir or tonic. The vital herbal element, wormwood (artemisia absinthium) has been used since ancient times as being a digestive tonic and also to induce the appetite. Absinthe should thus be served being an aperitif before a meal, an appetizer served with a few hors d’oeuvres and finger food.

Absinthe carries a strong anise flavor plus a slight bitterness so it’s best to never serve it with a meal. Nevertheless, Absinthe can be utilized in cooking, much like wine. When cooking, the alcohol will probably be shed and you’ll be left with the anise or licorice taste which is great in marinades. Here is a recipe for a delicious marinade for chicken or fish.

2 tbsp dried tarragon or possibly a handful of fresh tarragon
2 tbsp dried chervil or perhaps a handful of fresh chervil
1 cup of Absinthe
1 cup of dry white wine
2 tbsp sugar
A dash of salt as well as a grind of pepper

Blend each of the ingredients in a large bowl and then leave for some hours, preferably overnight. Marinade chicken or fish inside the mixture for several hours inside the fridge after which grill, barbecue or bake to get rid of off the alcohol.

It’s also possible to make use of Absinthe in stir fries and when basting meats, but make sure that you always mix it with sugar or fruit juice to compensate for the bitterness of the wormwood.

Even the sexy French chef Jean-Christophe Novelli has been known to utilize it in his recipes – risottos, Absinthe ice cream and marinades and infusions for vegetables and also fish. Absinthe ice cream -yum!

There are also quite a few recipes online for Absinthe cookies as well as Absinthe cupcakes with Absinthe frosting. Absinthe has so many uses!

Absinthe is usually great in cocktails. Ernest Hemingway developed a cocktail known as “Death in the Afternoon” where he famously mixed Absinthe with champagne, very decadent. The Sazerac is a well-known Absinthe cocktail usually served in New Orleans:-

1 teaspoon of Absinthe
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 ½ ounces of rye whisky
3 dashes of Angostura bitters
Ice cubes

Freeze out a cocktail glass in the freezer then pour the Absinthe into it, swilling it around to let it coat the inside of the glass.Place the remaining elements into a cocktail shaker, shake and pour into the glass. Garnish using a twist of lemon and drink.

You need to know, if you are mixing Absinthe with many other alcoholic drinks, that Absinthe is an extremely strong liquor – around 150 proof, 75% alcohol by volume, so do not get caught up!

So, what food to serve with Absinthe? Serve Absinthe being an aperitif before any meal, utilize it in cocktails, marinades, ice cream and cakes. Experience the Green Fairy.