Since the legalization of Absinthe in lots of countries during the late 1980s and 90s, and 2007 in the USA for certain brands, lots of people happen to be wondering how to serve Absinthe to take pleasure from the ideal Green Fairy of history, the drink appreciated by Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and also Oscar Wilde.
Firstly, you have to ensure that you have got a real Absinthe. Fake Absinthes and substitutes will not taste right and does not louche properly. Real Absinthe is made up of essential oils from herbs just like wormwood, aniseed, fennel, hyssop and also lemon balm. These oils are soluble in Absinthe alcohol however when the Absinthe is prepared in the right way, with cold water, the Absinthe louches (becomes cloudy or milky) because the oils are not water soluble.
Make sure that the Absinthe you purchase is known as “Absinthe”, Absenta (from Spain) or “Absynthe” and that its content has real wormwood. If you find it tough to discover real wormwood Absinthe, you could make your own Absinthe using the special Absinthe essences sold by AbsintheKit.com. These essences are exactly the same ones which the company sell to the Absinthe Industry and are specially produced using top-quality herbs and co2 distillation. Just mix some essence with vodka or Everclear to produce your own Absinthe.
AbsintheKit sell 20ml bottles of essence that will make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe and they also sell kits which feature enough essence to produce 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels and also a handy measure. See the website for further details plus a guide on how to make Absinthe using their essences.
How to Serve Absinthe
The right culinary term for the cultural preparation of Absinthe is “The Ritual”. For being properly “cultured” you should have:-
– An Absinthe glass – vintage or replica.
– An Absinthe slotted spoon (cuillere).
– 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 having 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 spectacular with regards to the Absinthe and the concentration of essential oils. The proportion of water to Absinthe liquor should be between 3:1 and 5:1. Stir the drink as soon as all the water has dripped in and after that enjoy your Absinthe.
Make sure to drink Absinthe sparingly, it is a very strong spirit. Lots of people comment on the very different sort 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 used in Absinthe production – some have got a sedative effect while some behave as stimulants, very strange!
Enjoy understanding how to serve Absinthe making use of the ritual.