Preparing Absinthe At Home

When you have bought or made your own Absinthe how to prepare it is the next issue because Absinthe is not like any other alcoholic beverage, it is usually served diluted with iced water. This is the traditional way of serving Absinthe. It is known as “The Ritual” or “La Louche” and is easy to learn.

Absinthe How to Prepare using The Ritual

To perform the Ritual, you will need the following:-

– Absinthe – A good quality Absinthe containing real herbal ingredients such as wormwood, aniseed and fennel. One must get the Absinthe having the thujone content.
– There is necessity of an Absinthe glass – An antique Absinthe glass or replica one. AbsintheKit sell replicas of antiques like Pontarlier glasses and Eiffel Tower spoons.
– A slotted Absinthe spoon is famous as a cuillere.
– Use a cube of sugar.
– Chilled water in an Absinthe fountain or in a carafe.

Instructions for preparing the perfect Absinthe drink:-

– Pour 25-50ml of Absinthe into the glass.
– A cube of sugar is needed to be placed the resting Absinthe spoon.
– Gradually drip iced water over the sugar from the tap of the fountain or from a bottle. Dripping it slowly will help in the sugar to dissolve and drip through the slots of the spoon. One must see a lovely “louche” effect after mixing the water into the alcohol. The insolubility of the essential oils in water makes the mixture cloudy when water is added to Absinthe.
– An individual has to sit back and enjoy the Green Fairy.

The Bohemian or Czech Method

This method of preparing Absintheis not traditional but is a modern way of preparing cheap Czech Absinthes. The Bohemian method is disliked by lots of Absinthe followers.

You will need:-

– Absinthe
– Utility of an Absinthe glass
– The use of an Absinthe slotted spoon
– A cube of sugar is needed
– Use a lighter or match
– Iced water

Instructions and tips for using the Bohemian method:-

– Pour 25-50ml of Absinthe into the glass and dip the sugar cube into it to soak the sugar.
– The process is to place sugar cube on the Absinthe spoon and rest on the rim of the glass.
– The sugar will caramelize and melt by keeping it alight for one minute. The right way is to drip the sugar through the slots of the spoon into the Absinthe.
– A person is able to put out any flames and cause the Absinthe to louche by putting the spoon and pouring the iced water into it.
– Enjoy your Absinthe drink.

* Care should be taken with this method because the Absinthe in the glass may set alight too *

Absinthe can also be used in many cocktails. Ernest Hemingway always mixed it with champagne, he called it “Death in the Afternoon”.

There are many mysteries, stories and legends surrounding Absinthe about it’s preparation, its history, the ban and the revival. This famous mythical drink can be enjoyed like this.