How to drink Absinthe properly is the issue lots of people have if they have managed to acquire a bottle of the Green Fairy. In La Belle Epoque in France every person knew how to serve and drink Absinthe, it was part of the
way of life and was even more popular than wine.
The information of how to drink Absinthe was lost until recent times because of the ban on Absinthe practically in most countries for many decades. In the United States it was restricted in 1912 and Absinthes such as the “Lucid” brand have only just gone available for sale in the US in 2007.
How To Drink Absinthe Using The Classic “Ritual”
This is the authentic technique of preparing Absinthe used in pre ban times in the 19th century in France and Switzerland. It comes with an art to working with this method and it depends on the use of a steady hand.
– Pour a shot of Absinthe directly into an Absinthe glass or huge glass.
– Rest a slotted Absinthe spoon on the top of the glass and place a cube of sugar over the spoon.
– Carefully drip iced water over the sugar in order that the sugar dissolves and drips through the slots into your Absinthe. Either make use of an Absinthe fountain or dripper to regulate the dripping or work with a very steady hand to pour the water from a carafe.
– Watch the Absinthe louche (become cloudy) as the water mixes in the alcohol.
– Appreciate your Absinthe.
How To Drink Absinthe While using the Modern Bohemian or Czech Method
This is a more sophisticated method which is a bit of fun and is also scorned by a lot of Absinthe drinkers. It is often used with cheaper Czech Absinthes and Absinthes which have a lower alcohol content. Care should be taken when setting alcohol alight.
– Pour a shot of Absinthe directly into an Absinthe glass.
– Soak the sugar cube within the Absinthe and then put on an Absinthe spoon sitting on the rim of the glass.
– Employing a lighter or match, set the sugar on fire and view it as it caramelizes , melts and drips in the Absinthe, it may set the Absinthe on fire too.
– Slowly pour iced water into the Absinthe to extinguish the flames and to make the Absinthe louche.
– Ingest your Absinthe.
Percentages of water to Absinthe depend upon taste but a ratio of between 3:1 and 5:1 water to Absinthe is the advised dilution.
How To Drink Absinthe in Cocktails
Ernest Hemingway famously developed “Death in the Afternoon” – a cocktail of Absinthe and champagne, but there are lots of other cocktail recipes for Absinthe. You do have to understand that Absinthe is an extremely strong Alcoholic beverage and is somewhere around twice the strength of other spirits like vodka and whisky.
Absinthe and Vodka – Blend 3 parts Absinthe with one part good quality vodka inside an iced glass (out of the freezer) and garnish using a sprig of mint.
Absinthe Explosion – Mix 3 parts Tequila, 4 parts vodka, 3 parts whisky and 7 parts Absinthe. Put ice and after that stir.
Absinthe Bloody Mary – Put 1 shot of Absinthe in to a cocktail glass with ice and top up with tomato juice. Include a dash of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce and season with pepper and salt.
There are several other ways of how to drink Absinthe and you can even invent your own personal cocktails.