Learn The Way Of Using Absinthe

As Absinthe has become a popular drink and with the legalization of a few brands of it one can experience an Absinthe revival. Yet, some 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 is a strong alcoholic beverage with an alcohol by volume of up to 75% and an anise flavor.

Absinthe was created as a medicine by Dr Pierre Ordinaire in Couvet, Switzerland in the 18th century. During the 19th century Henri-Louis Pernod was distilling Absinthe and selling it commercially. Pernod used wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), fennel, aniseed, star anise, hyssop, lemon balm, angelica, juniper, dittany, nutmeg and melissa as well as a wine alcohol base distilled with different types of natural herbs.

Absinthe, or La Fee Verte (Green Fairy)as it became known in France, became such a popular drink that it even became more popular than wine in France. Absinthe bars use the “Ritual” method for preparing Absinthe.

Due to it’s assumed harmful effects Absinthe was banned in France in 1915. It is now known that there is no truth in these claims. Absinthe cannot and does not cause such effects. Absinthe was authorized in several countries in the 1990s.

How to Use Absinthe the Traditional Way

To prepare Absinthe in the traditional way is to use the “Ritual”.
Following things are needed :-
– A large glass or Absinthe glass.
– Absinthe
– An Absinthe spoon– replica glasses and spoons can be purchased online at AbsintheKit.One can make his own Absinthe with top-quality Absinthe essences. To prepare own Absinthe a person will require top-quality Absinthe essences.
– A Big sugar cube.
– Sufficient amount of carafe of iced water.

Take a amount of Absinthe into the glass.
One has to rest the spoon on the rim of the glass and then put the sugar cube on it.
The sugar can be mixed by dripping slowly the iced water over it.
As soon as the water mixes into the Absinthe,the Absinthe louche is seen. The essential oils cause the mixture to louche or go cloudy because they are not soluble in water.
The taste of the Green Fairy can be enjoyed by the stirring the Absinthe.

It is very easy to get drunk on Absinthe though it does not give hallucinations. Absinthe is made out of a curious blend of herbs that are either naturally relaxing in nature or are stimulants. This blend of herbs can give a very different drunkenness effect than the others. It is also popular as a “clear headed” drunkenness.

The Czech or Bohemian Method

With this method, once you have poured the shot of Absinthe into the glass you dip the sugar cube into the alcohol and then set it alight on the spoon with a match. Iced water can be added after the sugar has caramelized and melted.

One can have fun while drinking Absinthe with the Bohemian method. As the whole glass of Absinthe can catch fire so it can be a bit risky! Care should be taken.

Although the Ritual is the well known method of using Absinthe but cocktail recipes can also be made by it.