How To Use Absinthe

Absinthe has yet again become a popular drink and, with the legalization of a few brands of Absinthe in 2007 in America, it can even be declared we’re experiencing an Absinthe revival. Yet, a number of people don’t really know how to use Absinthe correctly or even what Absinthe is.

What Exactly is Absinthe

Absinthe is not a hallucinogen or maybe a drug. It’s actually a strong liquor with an alcohol by volume of up to 75% along with an anise flavor.

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

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

Absinthe was suspended in France in 1915 after it had been claimed that Absinthe comprised psychoactive chemicals and cause hallucinations, convulsions, insanity and death. Now it is known that these claims were false. Absinthe cannot and does not cause such effects. Absinthe was legalized in a lot of countries during the 1990s.

How to Use Absinthe the Traditional Method

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

You need:-
– A large glass or Absinthe glass.
– Absinthe
– An Absinthe spoon – duplicate glasses and spoons can be bought online at as well as top-quality Absinthe essences to create your individual Absinthe.
– A sugar cube.
– A carafe of iced water.

Pour a shot of Absinthe into the glass.
Rest the spoon over the rim of the glass and place the sugar cube over the spoon.
Slowly drip, rather than pour, the iced water over the sugar to dissolve it.
Watch the Absinthe louche as the water mixes into the Absinthe. The essential oils in the Absinthe aren’t soluble in water so make the mixture to louche or go cloudy.
Mix your Absinthe and like the taste of the Green Fairy.

Take into account that although Absinthe will not present you with hallucinations, it’s a strong drink and it’s quite simple to get drunk on Absinthe. Absinthe is produced from a curious blend of herbs – some are naturally sedative in nature while others are stimulants. This combination of herbs can provide an extremely different drunkenness than that brought on by other spirits or wine or beer. Some describe it as a “clear headed” drunkenness.

The Czech or Bohemian Method

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

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

The Ritual is the most popular way of using Absinthe but Absinthe may also be used in cocktails – constitute your personal or search on the internet for cocktail recipes to give you inspiration on how to use Absinthe.