How To Use Absinthe

Absinthe has yet again become a popular drink and, together with the legalization of a few brands of Absinthe in 2007 in the USA, it could even be asserted we are experiencing an Absinthe resurrection. Yet, a number of people don’t truly know how to use Absinthe correctly or even what Absinthe is.

What Exactly is Absinthe

Absinthe isn’t a hallucinogen or maybe a drug. It’s actually a strong alcoholic beverage with an alcohol by degree of as much as 75% along with an anise flavor.

Legend has it that Absinthe was developed by Dr Pierre Ordinaire in Couvet, Switzerland in the 18th century being an elixir for his patients. Through the turn of the 19th century Henri-Louis Pernod was distilling Absinthe and marketing it commercially. Pernod utilized a wine alcohol base distilled with various forms of natural herbs like wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), fennel, aniseed, star anise, hyssop, lemon balm, angelica, juniper, dittany, nutmeg and melissa.

Absinthe, or La Fee Verte (Green Fairy) while it grew to become known in France, became such a popular drink that it even becamemore common than wine in France. Absinthe bars become popular plus the “Ritual” or traditional approach to using and preparing Absinthe came to be.

Absinthe was banned in France in 1915 after it was claimed that Absinthe comprised psychoactive chemicals and cause hallucinations, convulsions, insanity and death. It’s now known that these claims were false. Absinthe cannot and doesn’t cause such effects. Absinthe was legalized in several countries during the 1990s.

How to Use Absinthe the Conventional Approach

To make Absinthe in the conventional technique is to utilize the “Ritual”.

You need:-
– A sizable glass or Absinthe glass.
– Absinthe
– An Absinthe spoon – duplicate glasses and spoons can be bought online at along with top-quality Absinthe essences to produce your individual Absinthe.
– A sugar cube.
– A carafe of iced water.

Pour a shot of Absinthe on the glass.
Rest the spoon around the rim of the glass and place the sugar cube over the spoon.
Slowly drip, rather than pour, the iced water above the sugar to dissolve it.
Watch the Absinthe louche as the water blends to the Absinthe. The essential oils within the Absinthe aren’t soluble in water so make the mixture to louche or go cloudy.
Stir your Absinthe and like the taste of the Green Fairy.

Keep in mind that although Absinthe will not provide you with hallucinations, it’s a strong drink and it’s also very easy to get drunk on Absinthe. Absinthe is made from a curious mixture of herbs – some are naturally sedative naturally whilst others are stimulants. This blend of herbs can give a very different drunkenness than that caused by other spirits or wine or beer. Some describe it as being a “clear headed” drunkenness.

The Czech or Bohemian Strategy

Using this method, once you have poured the shot of Absinthe in the glass you dip the sugar cube into the alcohol and then set it alight to the spoon by using a match. When the sugar has caramelized and melted throughout the spoon and into the Absinthe, you add the iced water.

The Bohemian technique is a modern method and is a little bit of fun really rather than serious approach to drinking Absinthe. It can also be slightly dangerous because the whole glass of Absinthe can catch fire, a bit of a waste of Absinthe! Be careful.

The Ritual is easily the most popular way of using Absinthe but Absinthe could also be used in cocktails – comprise your own personal or search on the internet for cocktail recipes to offer you inspiration on how to use Absinthe.