Since the legalization of Absinthe in many countries while in the late 1980s and 90s, and 2007 in the USA for several brands, many people have been wanting to know how to serve Absinthe to take pleasure from the ideal Green Fairy of history, the drink loved by Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Oscar Wilde.
Firstly, you have to make certain you have got a real Absinthe. Fake Absinthes and substitutes will not taste right and won’t louche properly. True Absinthe is made up of essential oils from herbs such as wormwood, aniseed, fennel, hyssop as well as lemon balm. These oils are soluble in Absinthe alcohol but when the Absinthe is prepared in the correct way, with cold water, the Absinthe louches (becomes cloudy or milky) since the oils aren’t water soluble.
Ensure that the Absinthe you purchase is referred to as “Absinthe”, Absenta (from Spain) or “Absynthe” and that it has real wormwood. If you find it tough to discover real wormwood Absinthe, you can make your own personal Absinthe while using the special Absinthe essences sold by AbsintheKit.com. These essences are the same ones which the company sell to the Absinthe Industry and therefore are specially created using top-quality herbs and carbon dioxide distillation. Just mix some essence with vodka or Everclear to produce your very own Absinthe.
AbsintheKit sell 20ml bottles of essence which make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe plus they sell kits which include enough essence to make 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels and also a handy measure. See the website for more details plus a guide on how to make Absinthe utilizing their essences.
How to Serve Absinthe
The right culinary term for the cultural prep of Absinthe is “The Ritual”. For being properly “cultured” you will require:-
– An Absinthe glass – antique or replica.
– An Absinthe slotted spoon (cuillere).
– Ice cold Water.
Pour a shot of Absinthe (25-50ml) of Absinthe into the glass. Rest the Absinthe spoon on top of the glass and rest a cube of sugar upon it. Using either an Absinthe fountain or possibly a carafe which has a steady hand, gradually drip or pour the water over the sugar. As the water mixes in the Absinthe the drink will louche. This effect can be fairly dramatic depending on the Absinthe and the concentration of essential oils. The proportion of water to Absinthe liquor needs to be between 3:1 and 5:1. Stir the drink when all the water has dripped in and after that enjoy your Absinthe.
Be sure you drink Absinthe moderately, it’s a very strong spirit. Many individuals comment on the very different kind of drunkenness they experience when drinking Absinthe. It’s been described as a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness. This could be caused by the blend of herbs utilized in Absinthe production – some have got a sedative effect although some work as stimulants, very strange!
Enjoy mastering how to serve Absinthe using the ritual.