Discovering What to Mix Absinthe With

The traditional way of serving Absinthe is by using a technique called The Ritual also to dilute it with water. Some people are bored of drinking Absinthe in this manner and want to know what to mix Absinthe with. Hopefully this article enable you to enjoy Absinthe much more.

Absinthe is actually a strong liquor which is flavored with herbal plants which includes grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. Additionally, it sometimes consists of petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed provides the drink its wonderful anise taste as well as the wormwood provides the Absinthe its typical bitter or slightly sour flavour.

Grande wormwood is made up 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 much like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Some other names that thujone obtained from wormwood has been termed as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.

Thujone is the reason that Absinthe was banned in several countries during the early 1900s. It was the thujone which was held accountable for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers reported that drinking Absinthe gave them their genius and creativity through dreams and hallucinations. The famous Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde explained 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.” You never know what might happen following a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe is no more harmful than any other strong spirit like vodka and whisky, even though it is twice the strength. Research has revealed that Absinthe only contains traces of thujone and that it’s not possible to consume enough Absinthe for thujone to get any negative or side effects. It will not make you hallucinate or go insane and it is now legal in many countries. It is still illegal in Ireland but the Irish can order it from overseas and get it shipped for private consumption.

You could make your personal bottled Absinthe by using Absinthe essences from These essences are produced by distilling classic Absinthe herbs and all you have to do is to mix them with vodka or Everclear – a simple and cost-effective method to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Since Absinthe is legal for most countries, we could experiment with making use of it in cocktails or produce classic Absinthe cocktails just like the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Recipe

1 teaspoon of a good quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or perhaps 1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 ½ ounces of Rye whisky (not bourbon)
3 dashes of angostura bitters
1 Lemon peel twist

Freeze a glass inside your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe round the glass to coat the sides and base of the glass. Dispose of (or drink!) the excess.
Position the other ingredients within a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for about ½ a minute.
Pour into the glass, adding the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

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

A lot of people love to use mixers like lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even got word of Red Bull being blended with Absinthe! Be imaginative when deciding what to mix Absinthe with, use recipes from the Internet but give them your own twist or makeup your very own. Have fun.