Finding out How To Serve Absinthe

Ever since the legalization of Absinthe in lots of countries while in the late 1980s and 90s, and 2007 in the USA for certain brands, lots of people have been wanting to know how to serve Absinthe to enjoy the perfect Green Fairy of history, the drink loved by Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and also Oscar Wilde.

Firstly, you need to ensure that you have got a real Absinthe. Fake Absinthes and substitutes is not going to taste right and won’t louche properly. Genuine Absinthe is made up of essential oils from herbs such as wormwood, aniseed, fennel, hyssop and lemon balm. These oils are soluble in Absinthe alcohol however when the Absinthe is prepared correctly, with cold water, the Absinthe louches (gets to be cloudy or milky) as the oils are not water soluble.

Make sure that the Absinthe you buy is referred to as “Absinthe”, Absenta (from Spain) or “Absynthe” and that its content has real wormwood. If you find it hard to find real wormwood Absinthe, you can create your own Absinthe utilizing the special Absinthe essences sold by These essences are similar ones that the company sell to the Absinthe Industry and therefore are specially made using top-quality herbs and carbon dioxide distillation. Simply mix some essence with vodka or Everclear to create 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 produce 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels and also a handy measure. See their site for more details and a guide on how to make Absinthe using their essences.

How to Serve Absinthe

The correct culinary term for the cultural prep of Absinthe is “The Ritual”. To be properly “cultured” you’ll need:-
– An Absinthe glass – vintage or replica.
– An Absinthe slotted spoon (cuillere).
– Absinthe.
– Ice cold Water.

Pour a shot of Absinthe (25-50ml) of Absinthe to the glass. Rest the Absinthe spoon on the top of the glass and rest a cube of sugar upon it. Using either an Absinthe fountain or possibly a carafe which has a steady hand, slowly drip or pour the water above the sugar. As the water mixes into the Absinthe the drink will louche. This effect can be fairly dramatic with respect to the Absinthe and the concentration of essential oils. The proportion of water to Absinthe liquor should be between 3:1 and 5:1. Stir the drink once all the water has dripped in after which enjoy your Absinthe.

Be sure you drink Absinthe in moderation, it’s actually a strong spirit. Many individuals comment on the very different kind of drunkenness they encounter when drinking Absinthe. It’s been referred to as a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness. This might be attributable to the mixture of herbs utilised in Absinthe production – some have a sedative effect while others behave as stimulants, very strange!

Enjoy learning how to serve Absinthe making use of the ritual.