How To Use Absinthe

Absinthe has once again turned into a popular drink and, together with the legalization of some brands of Absinthe in 2007 in the USA, it could possibly even be declared that we’re experiencing an Absinthe revival. Yet, some people don’t fully realize how to use Absinthe correctly or perhaps what Absinthe is.

What’s Absinthe

Absinthe isn’t a hallucinogen or 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 eighteenth 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 made use of a wine alcohol base distilled with various types 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) while it started to be known in France, became such a popular drink that it even becamewidely used than wine in France. Absinthe bars become popular and also the “Ritual” or traditional technique of using and preparing Absinthe came to be.

Absinthe was banished in France in 1915 after it had been claimed that Absinthe contained psychoactive chemicals and cause hallucinations, convulsions, insanity and death. It is now known 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 prepare Absinthe in the conventional method is to use the “Ritual”.

You need:-
– A big 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 own Absinthe.
– A sugar cube.
– A carafe of iced water.

Pour a shot of Absinthe into the glass.
Rest the spoon on the rim of the glass and set the sugar cube on the spoon.
Gradually drip, rather than pour, the iced water on the sugar to dissolve it.
Watch the Absinthe louche as the water blends into the Absinthe. The essential oils in the Absinthe aren’t soluble in water so result in the mixture to louche or go cloudy.
Mix your Absinthe and relish the taste of the Green Fairy.

Keep in mind that although Absinthe is not going to provide you with hallucinations, it is a strong drink and it’s also very easy to get drunk on Absinthe. Absinthe is made out from a curious mixture of herbs – some are naturally sedative by nature while others are stimulants. This combination of herbs can provide an extremely different drunkenness than that caused by other spirits or wine or beer. Some describe it as a “clear headed” drunkenness.

The Czech or Bohemian Procedure

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

The Bohemian method is a modern method and is a bit of fun really instead of a serious method of drinking Absinthe. It may 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 the most popular way of using Absinthe but Absinthe could also be used in cocktails – constitute your own or search online for cocktail recipes to offer you inspiration on how to use Absinthe.