The standard method of serving Absinthe is by using an approach called The Ritual and also to dilute it with water. A number of people are bored of drinking Absinthe in this manner and would like to know what to mix Absinthe with. I hope that this article motivate you to enjoy Absinthe even more.

Absinthe is actually a strong liquor which happens to be flavored with natural herbs including grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. It also sometimes contains petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed provides the drink its fantastic anise taste and also the wormwood provides the Absinthe its attribute bitter or slightly sour taste.

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

Thujone is the reason why Absinthe was banned in many countries in the early 1900s. It was the thujone which was held accountable for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and several artists and writers believed that drinking Absinthe gave them their genius and inspiration through dreams and hallucinations. The well-known Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde said 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 might happen after having a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe is not any more hazardous than almost every other strong spirit just like vodka and whisky, although it is double the strength. Research has revealed that Absinthe only contains traces of thujone and that it isn’t probable to ingest enough Absinthe for thujone to have any negative or harmful effects. It will not cause you to hallucinate or go insane and is now legal in most countries. It’s still illegal in Ireland nevertheless the Irish can order it from overseas and have it shipped for personal consumption.

You could make your very own bottled Absinthe by using Absinthe essences from These essences are produced by distilling conventional Absinthe herbs and all you need to do is to mix them along with vodka or Everclear – an easy and affordable strategy to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Now that Absinthe is legal in many countries, we can test out using it in cocktails or produce classic Absinthe cocktails such as the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Menu

1 teaspoon of a top quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or 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 round the glass to coat the sides and also bottom part of the glass. Dispose of (or drink!) the extra.
Place the additional ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for approximately ½ a minute.
Pour into the glass, incorporating the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of refrigerated champagne combined with 1 ounce of Absinthe – scrumptious!

Many people love to use mixers like lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even heard of Red Bull being combined with Absinthe! Be innovative when deciding what things to mix Absinthe with, use recipes off the Internet but give them your own personal twist or make-up your own. Have fun.