Discovering What to Mix Absinthe With

The standard technique of serving Absinthe is to try using a strategy known as the Ritual and also to dilute it with water. A lot of people are bored of drinking Absinthe this way and wish to learn what to mix Absinthe with. Hopefully this information will help you to enjoy Absinthe all the more.

Absinthe is usually a strong liquor that is flavored with herbal plants including grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. Additionally, it sometimes consists of petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed provides the drink its fantastic anise taste as well as the wormwood provides the Absinthe its characteristic bitter or slightly sour flavor.

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

Thujone is why Absinthe was banned in lots of countries in the early 1900s. It had been the thujone that was held responsible for the insanity and suicide of Van Gogh and several artists and writers reported that drinking Absinthe gave them their genius and creativity by means of dreams and hallucinations. The renowned 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.” Who knows what could happen after having a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe isn’t any more harmful than some other strong spirit just like vodka and whisky, though it is double the strength. Studies have shown that Absinthe only contains traces of thujone and therefore it isn’t likely to ingest enough Absinthe for thujone to have any negative or side effects. It will not make you hallucinate or go insane and it is now legal in the majority of countries. It is still illegal in Ireland however the Irish can order it from abroad and have it shipped for personal consumption.

You can create your own personal bottled Absinthe by utilizing Absinthe essences from These essences are manufactured by distilling standard Absinthe herbs and all you need to do would be to mix them along with vodka or Everclear – a simple and cost-effective approach 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 produce classic Absinthe cocktails such as the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Recipe

1 teaspoon of a good quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or maybe 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 round the glass to coat the sides and also bottom level of the glass. Throw away (or drink!) the extra.
Position the additional ingredients within a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for around ½ a minute.
Pour in the glass, incorporating the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

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

Many people like to use mixers for instance lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even been aware of Red Bull being mixed with Absinthe! Be imaginative when deciding what to mix Absinthe with, use recipes from the Internet but provide them with your own twist or make-up your own. Enjoy yourself.