Finding out What to Mix Absinthe With

The conventional way of serving Absinthe is by using a method referred to as the Ritual also to dilute it with water. A number of people are uninterested of drinking Absinthe in this way and wish to know what to mix Absinthe with. Hopefully this information will motivate you to enjoy Absinthe even more.

Absinthe is a strong liquor which is flavored with natural herbs including grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. It also sometimes consists of petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed provides the drink its wonderful anise taste as well as the wormwood gives the Absinthe its characteristic bitter or slightly sour taste.

Grande wormwood consists of thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone via the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is actually a ketone as well as a monoterpene just like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Other names that thujone obtained 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 had been the thujone that was blamed for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers reported that drinking Absinthe afforded them their genius and inspiration by way of dreams and hallucinations. The famous Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde said 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.” Who knows what could happen following a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe is not any more hazardous than some other strong spirit such as vodka and whisky, even though it is double the strength. Studies have shown that Absinthe only consists of traces of thujone and that it is not likely to ingest enough Absinthe for thujone to get any negative or side effects. It won’t cause you to hallucinate or go insane and it is now legal in the majority of countries. It’s still illegal in Ireland nevertheless the Irish can order it from offshore and have it shipped for personal consumption.

You could make your personal bottled Absinthe by utilizing Absinthe essences from 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 straightforward and cost-effective approach to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Given that Absinthe is legal in the majority of countries, we could try out making use of it in cocktails or produce classic Absinthe cocktails such as the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Recipe

1 teaspoon of a high quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or 1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 ½ 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. Dispose of (or drink!) the extra.
Place the many other ingredients within a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for around ½ a minute.
Pour in the glass, including the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of refrigerated champagne blended with 1 ounce of Absinthe – delightful!

Many people love to use mixers like lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even been aware of Red Bull being combined with Absinthe! Be innovative when deciding what you should mix Absinthe with, use recipes off of the Internet but let them have your own personal twist or make up your very own. Have fun.