Discovering What to Mix Absinthe With

The original technique of serving Absinthe is by using a method called The Ritual also to dilute it with water. A number of people are bored of drinking Absinthe in this manner and wish to know what to mix Absinthe with. I hope that this article enable you to enjoy Absinthe even more.

Absinthe is actually a strong liquor which happens to be flavored with natural herbs such as grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. It also sometimes contains petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed provides the drink its amazing anise taste and the wormwood provides the Absinthe its attribute bitter or slightly sour flavor.

Grande wormwood is made up of thujone, named 3 thujamone or 3 sabinone by the book The IUPAC Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry. Thujone is actually a ketone and a monoterpene much like the other terpenes, menthol and camphor. Other names that thujone obtained from wormwood has been termed as are Absinthol, salvinol and tanacetone.

Thujone is why Absinthe was banned in several countries in early 1900s. It was the thujone that has been blamed for the madness and suicide of Van Gogh and several artists and writers believed that drinking Absinthe afforded them their genius and creativity by means of dreams and hallucinations. The famous Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde claimed of Absinthe:
“After the first glass of Absinthe you see things as you wish they were. After the second you see them as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.” Who knows what might happen after a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe isn’t any more harmful than any other strong spirit just like vodka and whisky, although it is twice the strength. Research shows that Absinthe only consists of traces of thujone and therefore it isn’t possible to ingest enough Absinthe for thujone to obtain any negative or side effects. It will not make you hallucinate or go insane and it is now legal in most countries. It remains illegal in Ireland but the Irish can order it from abroad and have it shipped for private consumption.

You could make your very own bottled Absinthe by using Absinthe essences from These essences are created by distilling standard Absinthe herbs and all you have to do is to mix them along with vodka or Everclear – an easy and cost-effective way to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Since Absinthe is legal for most countries, we can experiment with using it in cocktails or produce classic Absinthe cocktails such as New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Recipe

1 teaspoon of a good quality Absinthe
Ice cubes
A sugar cube or perhaps 1 teaspoon of sugar.
1 ½ ounces of Rye whisky (not bourbon)
3 dashes of angostura bitters
1 Lemon peel twist

Freeze a glass inside your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe round the glass to coat the sides and also base of the glass. Dispose of (or drink!) the excess.
Place the additional ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for about ½ a minute.
Pour in the glass, adding the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of refrigerated champagne mixed with 1 ounce of Absinthe – tasty!

Some people love to use mixers for instance lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even heard of Red Bull being combined with Absinthe! Be imaginative when deciding what to mix Absinthe with, use recipes from the Internet but let them have your personal twist or makeup your very own. Enjoy yourself.