Discovering What to Mix Absinthe With

The conventional technique of serving Absinthe is to use a technique called The Ritual and to dilute it with water. Some individuals are bored of drinking Absinthe this way and wish to learn what to mix Absinthe I hope that this information will motivate you to enjoy Absinthe much more.

Absinthe is usually a strong liquor that is flavored with herbal plants which includes grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. In addition, it sometimes contains petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed provides the drink its wonderful anise taste as well as the wormwood provides the Absinthe its characteristic bitter or slightly sour taste.

Grande wormwood consists 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 much like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Other names that thujone obtained from wormwood has been known as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.

Thujone is the reason that Absinthe was banned in several countries in the early 1900s. It was the thujone which was held accountable for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and many artists and writers believed that drinking Absinthe afforded them their genius and inspiration by way of dreams and hallucinations. The famous 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 could happen after having a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe is no more dangerous than almost every other strong spirit like vodka and whisky, even though it is twice the strength. Research has revealed that Absinthe only contains traces of thujone and therefore it isn’t likely to consume enough Absinthe for thujone to obtain any negative or side effects. It will not cause you to hallucinate or go insane and it’s now legal in the majority of countries. It’s still illegal in Ireland however the Irish can order it from abroad and have it shipped for personal consumption.

You can make your very own bottled Absinthe by making use of Absinthe essences from These essences are made by distilling traditional Absinthe herbs and all you have to do is to mix them along with vodka or Everclear – a simple and economical approach to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Given that Absinthe is legal in the majority of countries, we can easily test out utilizing it in cocktails or make classic Absinthe cocktails such as New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Recipe

1 teaspoon of a good quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or maybe 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 surrounding the glass to coat the sides as well as bottom level of the glass. Dispose of (or drink!) the surplus.
Position the other ingredients within a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for approximately ½ a minute.
Pour into the glass, adding the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

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

Some individuals love to use mixers for instance lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even got word of Red Bull being blended with Absinthe! Be innovative when deciding what things to mix Absinthe with, use recipes off of the Internet but let them have your own personal twist or make up your own. Enjoy yourself.