How to drink Absinthe correctly is the issue many people have if they have been able to get hold of a bottle of the Green Fairy. In La Belle Epoque in France everyone knew how to serve and drink Absinthe, it was part of the
society and was even more popular than wine.
The knowledge of how to drink Absinthe was lost until recent times due to the ban on Absinthe in most countries for a lot of decades. In the United States it was suspended in 1912 and Absinthes like the “Lucid” brand have only just gone on sale in the US in 2007.
How To Drink Absinthe While using the Classic “Ritual”
This is the genuine approach to preparing Absinthe utilized in pre ban times in the nineteenth century in France and Switzerland. There is an art to using this method and it depends on using a steady hand.
– Pour a shot of Absinthe into an Absinthe glass or big glass.
– Rest a slotted Absinthe spoon over the top of the glass and place a cube of sugar on the spoon.
– Slowly drip iced water over the sugar so that the sugar dissolves and drips through the slots into your Absinthe. Either use an Absinthe fountain or dripper to manage the dripping or make use of a very steady hand to pour the water coming from a carafe.
– Watch the Absinthe louche (become cloudy) as the water mixes to the alcohol.
– Appreciate your Absinthe.
How To Drink Absinthe Using The Modern day Bohemian or Czech Method
This is a more contemporary method that is a little bit of fun and is also scorned by many Absinthe drinkers. It’s often used with cheaper Czech Absinthes and Absinthes which have a lower alcohol content. Care must be taken when setting alcohol alight.
– Pour a shot of Absinthe straight into an Absinthe glass.
– Saturate the sugar cube in the Absinthe and then place on an Absinthe spoon sitting on the rim of the glass.
– Employing a lighter or match, set the sugar on fire and view it as it caramelizes , melts and drips in to the Absinthe, it may set the Absinthe on fire too.
– Slowly pour iced water in the Absinthe to put out the flames also to make the Absinthe louche.
– Ingest your Absinthe.
Proportions of water to Absinthe depend on taste but a ratio of between 3:1 and 5:1 water to Absinthe is the suggested dilution.
How To Drink Absinthe in Cocktails
Ernest Hemingway famously produced “Death in the Afternoon” – a cocktail of Absinthe and champagne, but there are plenty of other cocktail recipes for Absinthe. You do really need to remember that Absinthe is a very strong Alcoholic drink and is roughly twice the strength of other spirits just like vodka and whisky.
Absinthe and Vodka – Mix 3 parts Absinthe with one part top quality vodka in an iced glass (out of the freezer) and garnish using a sprig of mint.
Absinthe Explosion – Combine 3 parts Tequila, 4 parts vodka, 3 parts whisky and 7 parts Absinthe. Add ice and stir.
Absinthe Bloody Mary – Put 1 shot of Absinthe right into a cocktail glass with ice and top-up with tomato juice. Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce and season with salt and pepper.
There are plenty of other ways of how to drink Absinthe and you can even invent your personal cocktails.