Knowing How To Serve Absinthe

Since the legalization of Absinthe in several countries in the late 1980s and 90s, and 2007 in the USA for some brands, many individuals happen to be curious about how to serve Absinthe to savor the ideal Green Fairy of history, the drink enjoyed by Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Oscar Wilde.

Firstly, you should make sure that you have got a real Absinthe. Fake Absinthes and substitutes is not going to taste right and does not louche properly. Authentic Absinthe is made up of essential oils from herbs just like wormwood, aniseed, fennel, hyssop as well as lemon balm. These oils are soluble in Absinthe alcohol but when the Absinthe is prepared in the correct way, with cold water, the Absinthe louches (becomes cloudy or milky) because the oils are not water soluble.

Ensure that the Absinthe you buy is called “Absinthe”, Absenta (from Spain) or “Absynthe” and that it contains real wormwood. If you find it difficult to find real wormwood Absinthe, you could make your own personal Absinthe utilizing the special Absinthe essences sold by These essences are the same ones that the company sell to the Absinthe Industry and are specially created using top-quality herbs and co2 distillation. Simply mix some essence with vodka or Everclear to make your own Absinthe.

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

How to Serve Absinthe

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

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

Make sure to drink Absinthe in moderation, it’s a very strong spirit. Many people comment on the very different kind of drunkenness they experience when drinking Absinthe. It has been described as a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness. This may be caused by the blend of herbs used in Absinthe production – some have got a sedative effect although some work as stimulants, very strange!

Enjoy discovering how to serve Absinthe making use of the ritual.