How To Use Absinthe

Absinthe has once again become a popular drink and, with the legalization of a few brands of Absinthe in 2007 in America, it could possibly even be said that we’re experiencing an Absinthe revival. Yet, a lot of people don’t really know how to use Absinthe correctly or even what Absinthe is.

What is Absinthe

Absinthe is not a hallucinogen or a drug. It’s actually a strong alcoholic drink with an alcohol by quantity of approximately 75% plus an anise flavor.

Legend has it that Absinthe was made by Dr Pierre Ordinaire in Couvet, Switzerland during the eighteenth century as an elixir for his patients. Through the turn of the 19th century Henri-Louis Pernod was distilling Absinthe and selling it commercially. Pernod utilized a wine alcohol base distilled with different types of natural herbs such as wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), fennel, aniseed, star anise, hyssop, lemon balm, angelica, juniper, dittany, nutmeg and melissa.

Absinthe, or La Fee Verte (Green Fairy) while it became known in France, became such a well-known drink that it even becamevery popular than wine in France. Absinthe bars shot to popularity plus the “Ritual” or traditional way of using and preparing Absinthe came to be.

Absinthe was banned in France in 1915 after it had been claimed that Absinthe contained psychoactive chemicals and cause hallucinations, convulsions, insanity and death. Now it is known that these particular claims were false. Absinthe cannot and doesn’t cause such effects. Absinthe was legalized in a lot of countries throughout the 1990s.

How to Use Absinthe the Typical Manner

To arrange Absinthe in the conventional way is to use the “Ritual”.

You will need:-
– A large glass or Absinthe glass.
– Absinthe
– An Absinthe spoon – replica glasses and spoons are available online at together with top-quality Absinthe essences to make your own personal Absinthe.
– A sugar cube.
– A carafe of ice cold water.

Pour a shot of Absinthe on the glass.
Rest the spoon on the rim of the glass and put the sugar cube in the spoon.
Slowly drip, rather than pour, the iced water over the sugar to dissolve it.
Watch the Absinthe louche as the water combines into the Absinthe. The essential oils in the Absinthe aren’t soluble in water so cause the mixture to louche or go cloudy.
Stir your Absinthe and like the taste of the Green Fairy.

Keep in mind that although Absinthe will not provide you with hallucinations, it’s really a strong drink and it’s also very easy to get drunk on Absinthe. Absinthe is manufactured out of a curious blend of herbs – some are naturally sedative in nature and others are stimulants. This combination of herbs can provide a very different drunkenness than that caused by other spirits or wine or beer. Some describe it as being a “clear headed” drunkenness.

The Czech or Bohemian Procedure

Using this type of method, once you have poured the shot of Absinthe into the glass you dip the sugar cube in the alcohol and then set it up alight to the spoon with a match. After the sugar has caramelized and melted throughout the spoon and to the Absinthe, you add the iced water.

The Bohemian technique is a modern method and is also a little bit of fun really rather than a serious technique of drinking Absinthe. It can also be slightly dangerous since the whole glass of Absinthe can catch fire, a waste of Absinthe! Take care.

The Ritual is regarded as the popular means of using Absinthe but Absinthe may also be used in cocktails – constitute your own personal or do some searching online for cocktail recipes to provide you with inspiration on how to use Absinthe.