Mastering What to Mix Absinthe With

The standard

technique of serving Absinthe is by using an approach referred to as the Ritual and also to dilute it with water. A number of people are uninterested of drinking Absinthe in this manner and wish to understand what to mix Absinthe with. I hope that this information will allow you to enjoy Absinthe even more.

Absinthe is a strong liquor which happens to be flavored with herbal plants which includes grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. It also sometimes contains petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed gives the drink its wonderful anise taste as well as the wormwood gives the Absinthe its attribute bitter or slightly sour flavour.

Grande wormwood is made up of thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone from the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is a ketone as well as a monoterpene like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Various other names that thujone extracted from wormwood has been referred to as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.

Thujone is the reason that Absinthe was banned in many countries during the early 1900s. It had been the thujone that was blamed for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and lots of artists and writers believed that drinking Absinthe gave them their genius and motivation by way of dreams and hallucinations. The famous Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde stated 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 would happen following a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe isn’t any more dangerous than some other strong spirit just like vodka and whisky, although it is two times the strength. Studies have shown that Absinthe only consists of traces of thujone and that it is not probable to ingest enough Absinthe for thujone to get any negative or harmful effects. It will not trigger you to hallucinate or go insane and is now legal in many countries. It is still illegal in Ireland nevertheless the Irish can order it from overseas and have it shipped for personal consumption.

You can make your very own bottled Absinthe by using Absinthe essences from These essences are manufactured by distilling classic Absinthe herbs and all you must do is to mix them along with vodka or Everclear – an easy and cost-effective approach to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Seeing that Absinthe is legal for most countries, we could experiment with using it in cocktails or produce classic Absinthe cocktails such as the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Menu

1 teaspoon of a good quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or 1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 ½ ounces of Rye whisky (not bourbon)
3 dashes of angostura bitters
1 Lemon peel twist

Freeze a glass in your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe around the glass to coat the sides and also bottom level of the glass. Dispose of (or drink!) the surplus.
Position the additional ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for around ½ a minute.
Pour into the glass, adding the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of chilled champagne combined with 1 ounce of Absinthe – scrumptious!

A lot of people like to use mixers for instance lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even heard of Red Bull being mixed with Absinthe! Be resourceful when deciding what things to mix Absinthe with, use recipes off the Internet but provide them with your own twist or make-up your own. Enjoy yourself.