Knowing What to Mix Absinthe With

The traditional technique of serving Absinthe is to try using an approach referred to as the Ritual also to dilute it with water. A lot of people are uninterested of drinking Absinthe this way and would like to learn what to mix Absinthe Hopefully this information will help you to enjoy Absinthe even more.

Absinthe is a strong liquor that is flavored with natural herbs such as grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. It also sometimes consists of petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed provides the drink its fantastic anise taste and the wormwood gives the Absinthe its characteristic bitter or slightly sour flavour.

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

Thujone is the reason that Absinthe was banned in many countries in early 1900s. It was the thujone which was held responsible for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers believed that drinking Absinthe provided them their genius and motivation by means of dreams and hallucinations. The well-known Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde claimed 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 after having a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe is no more hazardous than some other strong spirit like vodka and whisky, even though it is double the strength. Research has revealed that Absinthe only consists of traces of thujone and therefore it is not probable to ingest enough Absinthe for thujone to get any negative or side effects. It will not trigger you to hallucinate or go insane and it’s now legal in the majority of countries. It is still illegal in Ireland nevertheless the Irish can order it from abroad and have it shipped for private consumption.

You could make your personal bottled Absinthe by utilizing Absinthe essences from These essences are created by distilling traditional Absinthe herbs and all you need to do is to mix them along with vodka or Everclear – a simple and economical method to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Given that Absinthe is legal for most countries, we can try out utilizing it in cocktails or make classic Absinthe cocktails such as New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Menu

1 teaspoon of a high 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 in your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe around the glass to coat the sides and also base of the glass. Eliminate (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 cooled champagne blended with 1 ounce of Absinthe – tasty!

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 blended with Absinthe! Be innovative when deciding what to mix Absinthe with, use recipes off the Internet but let them have your own twist or make-up your very own. Have a good time.