Since the legalization of Absinthe in many countries while in the late 1980s and 90s, and 2007 in the USA for certain brands, many individuals have been curious about how to serve Absinthe to take pleasure from the perfect Green Fairy of history, the drink appreciated by Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and also Oscar Wilde.
Firstly, you have to ensure that you currently have a real Absinthe. Fake Absinthes and substitutes will not taste right and won’t louche properly. True Absinthe is made up of essential oils from herbs just like wormwood, aniseed, fennel, hyssop and lemon balm. These oils are soluble in Absinthe alcohol however when the Absinthe is prepared in the correct way, with cold water, the Absinthe louches (gets cloudy or milky) as the oils are not water soluble.
Make sure that the Absinthe you purchase is called “Absinthe”, Absenta (from Spain) or “Absynthe” and that it contains real wormwood. If you find it hard to locate real wormwood Absinthe, you can create your own personal Absinthe utilizing 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 created using top-quality herbs and carbon dioxide distillation. Purely mix some essence with vodka or Everclear to produce your very own Absinthe.
AbsintheKit sell 20ml bottles of essence which make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe and they also sell kits that include enough essence to produce 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels and also a handy measure. See the website for further details along with a guide on how to make Absinthe utilizing their essences.
How to Serve Absinthe
The proper culinary term for the cultural prep of Absinthe is “The Ritual”. For being properly “cultured” you will require:-
– An Absinthe glass – vintage or replica.
– An Absinthe slotted spoon (cuillere).
– Cold Water.
Pour a shot of Absinthe (25-50ml) of Absinthe into the glass. Rest the Absinthe spoon on the top of the glass and rest a cube of sugar on it. Using either an Absinthe fountain or a carafe having a steady hand, gradually drip or pour the water over the sugar. As the water mixes in the Absinthe the drink will louche. This effect can be quite spectacular with respect to the Absinthe and the concentration of essential oils. The proportion of water to Absinthe liquor should be between 3:1 and 5:1. Stir the drink once all the water has dripped in and then enjoy your Absinthe.
Remember to drink Absinthe sparingly, it is a strong spirit. Many individuals comment on the very different form of drunkenness they experience when drinking Absinthe. It has been identified as a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness. This may be attributable to the mixture of herbs used in Absinthe production – some have a sedative effect while others act as stimulants, very strange!
Enjoy understanding how to serve Absinthe while using the ritual.