Knowing What to Mix Absinthe With

The conventional method of serving Absinthe is to use a method referred to as the Ritual and also to dilute it with water. Some people are bored of drinking Absinthe this way and want to understand what to mix Absinthe I hope that this article help you to enjoy Absinthe even more.

Absinthe is a strong liquor which is flavored with herbal plants including grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. It also 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 characteristic bitter or slightly sour taste.

Grande wormwood is made up of thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone by the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is actually a ketone and a monoterpene like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Various other names that thujone extracted from wormwood has been termed as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.

Thujone is why Absinthe was banned in many countries in early 1900s. It was the thujone that was held accountable for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and several artists and writers claimed that drinking Absinthe afforded them their genius and inspiration 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 could happen following a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe is no more harmful than any other strong spirit like vodka and whisky, although it is double the strength. Research has shown that Absinthe only consists of traces of thujone and that it’s not probable to ingest enough Absinthe for thujone to obtain any negative or harmful effects. It won’t cause you to hallucinate or go insane and it’s now legal in most countries. It is still illegal in Ireland but the Irish can order it from offshore and have it shipped for personal consumption.

You can create your very own bottled Absinthe by making use of Absinthe essences from These essences are made by distilling classic Absinthe herbs and all you must do would be to mix them with vodka or Everclear – a straightforward and cost-effective method to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Seeing that Absinthe is legal in the majority of countries, we could experiment with making use of it in cocktails or create classic Absinthe cocktails such as the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Menu

1 teaspoon of a high quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or 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 around the glass to coat the sides and also bottom level of the glass. Throw away (or drink!) the surplus.
Position the other ingredients within a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for around ½ a minute.
Pour into the glass, including the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of refrigerated champagne blended with 1 ounce of Absinthe – delicious!

A lot of people like to use mixers just like lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even heard about Red Bull being mixed with Absinthe! Be resourceful when deciding what to mix Absinthe with, use recipes off of the Internet but let them have your personal twist or make up your own. Have fun.