Finding out How To Serve Absinthe

Ever since the legalization of Absinthe in many countries while in the late 1980s and 90s, and 2007 in the USA for some brands, many individuals have been wanting to know how to serve Absinthe to enjoy the perfect Green Fairy of history, the drink appreciated by Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso as well as Oscar Wilde.

Firstly, you need to make sure that you have got a real Absinthe. Fake Absinthes and substitutes will not likely taste right and does not louche properly. Real Absinthe consists of essential oils from herbs like wormwood, aniseed, fennel, hyssop and lemon balm. These oils are soluble in Absinthe alcohol however when the Absinthe is prepared correctly, with cold water, the Absinthe louches (becomes cloudy or milky) as the oils are certainly not water soluble.

Be sure that the Absinthe you get is referred to as “Absinthe”, Absenta (from Spain) or “Absynthe” and that its content has real wormwood. If you find it tough to discover real wormwood Absinthe, you could make your personal Absinthe utilizing the special Absinthe essences sold by These essences are similar ones that the company sell to the Absinthe Industry and are specially produced using top-quality herbs and co2 distillation. Just mix some essence with vodka or Everclear to create your own Absinthe.

AbsintheKit sell 20ml bottles of essence which make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe additionally they sell kits that include enough essence to make 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels and also a handy measure. See their site for further details and a guide on how to make Absinthe making use of their essences.

How to Serve Absinthe

The correct culinary term for the cultural prep of Absinthe is “The Ritual”. For being properly “cultured” you should have:-
– An Absinthe glass – vintage or replica.
– An Absinthe slotted spoon (cuillere).
– Absinthe.
– Ice cold Water.

Pour a shot of Absinthe (25-50ml) of Absinthe into the glass. Rest the Absinthe spoon on top of the glass and rest a cube of sugar on it. Using either an Absinthe fountain or a carafe having a steady hand, gradually drip or pour the water on the sugar. As the water mixes in the Absinthe the drink will louche. This effect can be fairly spectacular depending on the Absinthe and the concentration of essential oils. The proportion of water to Absinthe liquor should be between 3:1 and 5:1. Stir the drink once all the water has dripped in after which enjoy your Absinthe.

Be sure you drink Absinthe moderately, it is a strong spirit. Many individuals comment on the very different style of drunkenness they encounter when drinking Absinthe. It has been described as a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness. This might be brought on by the mixture of herbs utilized in Absinthe production – some have a sedative effect while others work as stimulants, very strange!

Enjoy learning how to serve Absinthe using the ritual.