How To Use Absinthe

Absinthe has once again become a popular drink and, together with the legalization of some brands of Absinthe in 2007 in the United States, it could even be said that we are experiencing an Absinthe resurrection. Yet, a number of people don’t fully realize how to use Absinthe correctly or perhaps what Absinthe is.

What’s Absinthe

Absinthe is not a hallucinogen or even a drug. It’s actually a strong alcoholic drink with an alcohol by quantity of approximately 75% along with an anise flavor.

Legend has it that Absinthe was made by Dr Pierre Ordinaire in Couvet, Switzerland in the eighteenth century being an elixir for his patients. By the turn of the nineteenth century Henri-Louis Pernod was distilling Absinthe and promoting it commercially. Pernod utilized a wine alcohol base distilled with various kinds of herbal plants for example wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), fennel, aniseed, star anise, hyssop, lemon balm, angelica, juniper, dittany, nutmeg and melissa.

Absinthe, or La Fee Verte (Green Fairy) as it grew to become known in France, became such a popular drink that it even becamewidely used than wine in France. Absinthe bars become popular plus the “Ritual” or traditional way of using and preparing Absinthe was born.

Absinthe was restricted in France in 1915 after it had been claimed that Absinthe comprised psychoactive chemicals and cause hallucinations, convulsions, insanity and death. It is now known that these particular claims were false. Absinthe cannot and does not cause such effects. Absinthe was legalized in many countries throughout the 1990s.

How to Use Absinthe the Standard Approach

To make Absinthe in the standard technique is to utilize the “Ritual”.

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

Pour a shot of Absinthe in the glass.
Rest the spoon on the rim of the glass and put the sugar cube over the spoon.
Little by little drip, rather than pour, the iced water over the sugar to dissolve it.
Watch the Absinthe louche as the water combines in the Absinthe. The essential oils within the Absinthe are certainly not soluble in water so cause the mixture to louche or go cloudy.
Blend your Absinthe and like the taste of the Green Fairy.

Keep in mind that although Absinthe is not going to provide you with hallucinations, it’s really a strong drink and it’s also quite simple to get drunk on Absinthe. Absinthe is produced out from a curious blend of herbs – some are naturally sedative in nature while others are stimulants. This combination of herbs can give an incredibly 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 Method

Using this type of method, once you’ve poured the shot of Absinthe into the glass you dip the sugar cube into the alcohol and then set it alight to 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 strategy is a modern method and is a bit of fun really rather than serious method of drinking Absinthe. It can also be slightly dangerous because the whole glass of Absinthe can catch fire, a bit of a waste of Absinthe! Be cautious.

The Ritual is easily the most popular method of using Absinthe but Absinthe can also be used in cocktails – make up your own personal or do some searching online for cocktail recipes to offer you inspiration on how to use Absinthe.