Figuring out How To Drink Absinthe


How to drink Absinthe correctly is the issue lots of people have once they have been able to get hold of a bottle of the Green Fairy. In La Belle Epoque in France everybody knew how to serve and drink Absinthe, it was part of the culture and was even more widespread as compared to wine.

The ability of how to drink Absinthe was lost until modern times due to the ban on Absinthe in the majority of countries for a lot of decades. In the United States it had been suspended in 1912 and Absinthes including the “Lucid” brand only have just gone for sale in the US in 2007.

How To Drink Absinthe Using The Conventional “Ritual”

This is the initial approach to preparing Absinthe used in pre ban times in the 19th century in France and Switzerland. There is an art to working with this process and it is based on the use of a steady hand.

– Pour a shot of Absinthe straight into an Absinthe glass or big glass.
– Rest a slotted Absinthe spoon over the top of the glass and put a cube of sugar on the spoon.
– Carefully drip iced water above the sugar in order that the sugar dissolves and drips through the slots in the Absinthe. Either use an Absinthe fountain or dripper to manage the dripping or use a very steady hand to pour the water coming from a carafe.
– Watch the Absinthe louche (become cloudy) as the water mixes to the alcohol.
– Appreciate your Absinthe.

How To Drink Absinthe Using The Modern day Bohemian or Czech Strategy

This is a more contemporary method that is a little bit of fun and it is scorned by a lot of Absinthe drinkers. It is often used with cheaper Czech Absinthes and Absinthes that have a reduced alcohol content. Care has to be taken when setting alcohol alight.

– Pour a shot of Absinthe straight into an Absinthe glass.
– Soak the sugar cube within the Absinthe after which put on an Absinthe spoon resting on the rim of the glass.
– Utilizing a lighter or match, set the sugar on fire and view it as it caramelizes , melts and drips in to the Absinthe, it may set the Absinthe on fire too.
– Slowly pour iced water in the Absinthe to put out the flames and also to make the Absinthe louche.
– Consume your Absinthe.

Proportions of water to Absinthe depend on taste but a ratio which can be between 3:1 and 5:1 water to Absinthe is the advised dilution.


How To Drink Absinthe in Cocktails

Ernest Hemingway famously created “Death in the Afternoon” – a cocktail of Absinthe and champagne, but there are plenty of other cocktail recipes for Absinthe. You do really need to take into account that Absinthe is a very strong Alcoholic drink and is roughly twice the strength of other spirits such as vodka and whisky.

Cocktail thoughts:-

Absinthe and Vodka – Combine 3 parts Absinthe with one part high quality vodka in an iced glass (out of the freezer) and garnish by using a sprig of mint.

Absinthe Explosion – Mix 3 parts Tequila, 4 parts vodka, 3 parts whisky and 7 parts Absinthe. Add ice and stir.

Absinthe Bloody Mary – Put 1 shot of Absinthe in a cocktail glass with ice and top up with tomato juice. Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce and season with salt and pepper.

There are several other ways of how to drink Absinthe and you can even invent your personal cocktails.