How to drink Absinthe properly is the issue lots of people have once they have been able to get hold of 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 widespread than wine.
The knowledge of how to drink Absinthe was lost until modern times because of the ban on Absinthe in most countries for many decades. In the United States it was prohibited in 1912 and Absinthes including the “Lucid” brand have only just gone available for sale in the US in 2007.
How To Drink Absinthe Utilizing the Standard “Ritual”
This is the original procedure for preparing Absinthe utilized in pre ban times in the 19th century in France and Switzerland. It comes with an art to working with this approach and it lies in utilizing a steady hand.
– Pour a shot of Absinthe in an Absinthe glass or big glass.
– Rest a slotted Absinthe spoon over the top of the glass and place a cube of sugar over the spoon.
– Slowly drip iced water on the sugar so that the sugar dissolves and drips through the slots into your Absinthe. Either make use of an Absinthe fountain or dripper to control the dripping or use a very steady hand to pour the water coming from a carafe.
– View the Absinthe louche (become cloudy) as the water mixes in the alcohol.
– Take pleasure in your Absinthe.
How To Drink Absinthe Utilizing the Contemporary Bohemian or Czech Method
This is a more contemporary method which is a little bit of fun and is scorned by a lot of Absinthe drinkers. It is often used with cheaper Czech Absinthes and Absinthes that have a lower alcohol content. Care has to be taken when setting alcohol alight.
– Pour a shot of Absinthe directly into an Absinthe glass.
– Soak the sugar cube in the Absinthe and then place on an Absinthe spoon sitting on the rim of the glass.
– Using a lighter or match, set the sugar on fire and observe it as it caramelizes , melts and drips in the Absinthe, it may set the Absinthe on fire too.
– Gradually pour iced water into the Absinthe to extinguish the flames and also to make the Absinthe louche.
– Consume your Absinthe.
Ratios of water to Absinthe depend upon taste but a ratio which is between 3:1 and 5:1 water to Absinthe is the advised dilution.
How To Drink Absinthe in Cocktails
Ernest Hemingway famously produced “Death in the Afternoon” – a cocktail of Absinthe and champagne, but there are many other cocktail recipes for Absinthe. You do need to understand that Absinthe is an extremely strong Alcoholic drink and is somewhere around twice the strength of other spirits such as vodka and whisky.
Absinthe and Vodka – Blend 3 parts Absinthe with one part high quality vodka within an iced glass (out of the freezer) and garnish by using a sprig of mint.
Absinthe Explosion – Mix 3 parts Tequila, 4 parts vodka, 3 parts whisky and 7 parts Absinthe. Add ice and after that stir.
Absinthe Bloody Mary – Put 1 shot of Absinthe into a cocktail glass with ice and top-up with tomato juice. Put in a dash of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce and season with pepper and salt.
There are plenty of other ways of how to drink Absinthe and you can even invent your individual cocktails.