Mastering How To Serve Absinthe

Since the legalization of Absinthe in many countries during the late 1980s and 90s, and 2007 in the USA for several brands, many individuals happen to be curious about how to serve Absinthe to enjoy the right Green Fairy of history, the drink enjoyed by Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Oscar Wilde.

Firstly, you need to ensure that you currently have a real Absinthe. Fake Absinthes and substitutes will not likely taste right and does not louche properly. Real Absinthe consists of essential oils from herbs similar to wormwood, aniseed, fennel, hyssop and also lemon balm. These oils are soluble in Absinthe alcohol however when the Absinthe is prepared in the right way, with cold water, the Absinthe louches (gets to be cloudy or milky) since the oils are certainly not water soluble.

Ensure that the Absinthe you buy is called “Absinthe”, Absenta (from Spain) or “Absynthe” and that its content has real wormwood. If you find it difficult to locate real wormwood Absinthe, you could make your own Absinthe utilizing the special Absinthe essences sold by These essences are exactly the same ones that the company sell to the Absinthe Industry and therefore are specially created using top-quality herbs and carbon dioxide distillation. Purely mix some essence with vodka or Everclear to make your own Absinthe.

AbsintheKit sell 20ml bottles of essence that will make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe and they also sell kits that include enough essence to make 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels and also a handy measure. See their site for further details plus a guide on how to make Absinthe using their essences.

How to Serve Absinthe

The proper culinary term for the cultural preparation of Absinthe is “The Ritual”. For being properly “cultured” you’ll need:-
– An Absinthe glass – antique or replica.
– An Absinthe slotted spoon (cuillere).
– Absinthe.
– Cold Water.

Pour a shot of Absinthe (25-50ml) of Absinthe to the glass. Rest the Absinthe spoon on top of the glass and rest a cube of sugar on it. Using either an Absinthe fountain or a carafe with a steady hand, slowly drip or pour the water above the sugar. As the water mixes into the Absinthe the drink will louche. This effect can be rather extraordinary with respect to the Absinthe and the concentration of essential oils. The ratio of water to Absinthe liquor must be between 3:1 and 5:1. Stir the drink as soon as all the water has dripped in and after that enjoy your Absinthe.

Remember to drink Absinthe in moderation, it’s actually a very strong spirit. Many individuals comment on the very different style of drunkenness they experience when drinking Absinthe. It has been referred to as a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness. This might be attributable to the blend of herbs utilized in Absinthe production – some have got a sedative effect while some act as stimulants, very strange!

Enjoy learning how to serve Absinthe while using the ritual.