For the reason that legalization of Absinthe in several countries while in the late 1980s and 90s, and 2007 in the USA for some brands, many individuals happen to be wanting to know how to serve Absinthe to savor the right Green Fairy of history, the drink enjoyed by Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Oscar Wilde.
Firstly, you need to make sure that you currently have a real Absinthe Absinthe Kit. Fake Absinthes and substitutes will not likely taste right and does not louche properly. True Absinthe is made up of essential oils from herbs just like wormwood, aniseed, fennel, hyssop and also lemon balm. These oils are soluble in Absinthe alcohol but when the Absinthe is prepared in the right way, with cold water, the Absinthe louches (gets cloudy or milky) because the oils are not water soluble.
Ensure that the Absinthe you purchase is called “Absinthe”, Absenta (from Spain) or “Absynthe” and that it has real wormwood. If you find it hard to locate real wormwood Absinthe, you can make your own Absinthe using the special Absinthe essences sold by AbsintheKit.com. These essences are exactly the same ones which the company sell to the Absinthe Industry and are specially made using top-quality herbs and carbon dioxide distillation. Just mix some essence with vodka or Everclear to create your personal Absinthe.
AbsintheKit sell 20ml bottles of essence that will make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe plus they sell kits that include enough essence to make 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels and also a handy measure. See their website for further details along with a guide on how to make Absinthe using their essences.
How to Serve Absinthe
The proper culinary term for the cultural prep of Absinthe is “The Ritual”. To be properly “cultured” you should have:-
– An Absinthe glass – vintage or replica.
– An Absinthe slotted spoon (cuillere).
– Ice cold Water.
Pour a shot of Absinthe (25-50ml) of Absinthe in the glass. Rest the Absinthe spoon on top of the glass and rest a cube of sugar upon it. Using either an Absinthe fountain or a carafe with a steady hand, gradually drip or pour the water above the sugar. As the water mixes into the Absinthe the drink will louche. This effect can be fairly spectacular depending on the Absinthe and the concentration of essential oils. The ratio of water to Absinthe liquor must be between 3:1 and 5:1. Stir the drink when all the water has dripped in and after that enjoy your Absinthe.
Remember to drink Absinthe sparingly, it is a strong spirit resources. Many individuals comment on the very different form of drunkenness they experience when drinking Absinthe. It’s been referred to as a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness. This may be caused by the mixture of herbs used in Absinthe production – some have got a sedative effect while others work as stimulants, very strange!
Enjoy learning how to serve Absinthe using the ritual.