How To Use Absinthe

Absinthe has once more turned into a popular drink and, together with the legalization of some brands of Absinthe in 2007 in the USA, it could even be asserted we’re experiencing an Absinthe revival. Yet, a lot of people don’t really know how to use Absinthe correctly or perhaps what Absinthe is.

What’s Absinthe

Absinthe isn’t a hallucinogen or perhaps a drug. It is a strong alcoholic drink with an alcohol by quantity of up to 75% and an anise flavor.

Legend has it that Absinthe was developed by Dr Pierre Ordinaire in Couvet, Switzerland in the 18th century as an elixir for his patients. Through the turn of the 19th century Henri-Louis Pernod was distilling Absinthe and marketing it commercially. Pernod used a wine alcohol base distilled with different kinds of herbal plants including wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), fennel, aniseed, star anise, hyssop, lemon balm, angelica, juniper, dittany, nutmeg and melissa.

Absinthe, or La Fee Verte (Green Fairy) while it started to be known in France, became such a well-liked drink that it even becamewidely used than wine in France. Absinthe bars shot to popularity and the “Ritual” or traditional way of using and preparing Absinthe came to be.

Absinthe was banished in France in 1915 after it was claimed that Absinthe contained psychoactive chemicals and cause hallucinations, convulsions, insanity and death. It is now known that these particular claims were false. Absinthe cannot and doesn’t cause such effects. Absinthe was legalized in a great many countries throughout the 1990s.

How to Use Absinthe the Conventional Manner

To make Absinthe in the traditional method is to use the “Ritual”.

You’ll need:-
– A sizable glass or Absinthe glass.
– Absinthe
– An Absinthe spoon – replica glasses and spoons can be purchased online at as well as top-quality Absinthe essences to produce your individual Absinthe.
– A sugar cube.
– A carafe of cold water.

Pour a shot of Absinthe to the glass.
Rest the spoon around the rim of the glass and set the sugar cube on the spoon.
Slowly drip, rather than pour, the iced water on the sugar to dissolve it.
Watch the Absinthe louche as the water mixes in the Absinthe. The essential oils within the Absinthe are not soluble in water so make the mixture to louche or go cloudy.
Blend your Absinthe and enjoy the taste of the Green Fairy.

Take into account that although Absinthe is not going to present you with hallucinations, it’s really a strong drink and it’s also quite simple to get drunk on Absinthe. Absinthe is manufactured out of a curious mixture of herbs – some are naturally sedative by nature whilst others are stimulants. This blend of herbs can give a very different drunkenness than that brought on by other spirits or wine or beer. Some describe it as being a “clear headed” drunkenness.

The Czech or Bohemian Approach

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

The Bohemian method is a modern method and it’s a bit of fun really rather than a serious approach to drinking Absinthe. It may also be slightly dangerous since the whole glass of Absinthe can catch fire, a waste of Absinthe! Be careful.

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