Knowing What to Mix Absinthe With

The standard technique of serving Absinthe is to use a method known as the Ritual and also to dilute it with water. A lot of people are uninterested of drinking Absinthe this way and would like to know what to mix Absinthe with. I hope that this article motivate you to enjoy Absinthe all the more.

Absinthe is actually a strong liquor which is flavored with natural herbs such as grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. Additionally, it sometimes features petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed provides the drink its wonderful anise taste as well as the wormwood provides the Absinthe its typical bitter or slightly sour flavor.

Grande wormwood contains thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone by the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is a ketone and also a monoterpene like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. 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 lots of countries in the early 1900s. It had been the thujone which was blamed for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and several artists and writers believed that drinking Absinthe afforded them their genius and motivation through dreams and hallucinations. The renowned 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 would happen after having a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe isn’t any more hazardous than almost every other strong spirit like vodka and whisky, even though it is twice the strength. Research shows that Absinthe only consists of traces of thujone and that it isn’t probable to consume enough Absinthe for thujone to obtain any negative or side effects. It will not make you hallucinate or go insane and it’s now legal in many countries. It’s still illegal in Ireland however 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 standard Absinthe herbs and all you must do would be to mix them with vodka or Everclear – a straightforward and economical way to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Seeing that Absinthe is legal in the majority of countries, we could test out making use of it in cocktails or create 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 within your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe around the glass to coat the sides as well as bottom part of the glass. Throw away (or drink!) the surplus.
Place the other ingredients within a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for approximately ½ a minute.
Pour into the glass, including the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

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

A lot of people like to use mixers such as lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even been aware of Red Bull being mixed with Absinthe! Be resourceful when deciding what you should mix Absinthe with, use recipes from the Internet but give them your own personal twist or make up your own. Have a great time.