An Absinthe revival can be experienced due to the authorization of some brands of Absinthe in 2007 in the United States. 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.
According to the legend Absinthe was created by Dr Pierre Ordinaire in Couvet, Switzerland in the 18th century as a tonic for his patients. Henri-Louis Pernod was distilling Absinthe and selling it commercially by the turn of the 19th century. Pernod used a wine alcohol base distilled with variety of natural herbs and also fennel, aniseed, star anise,wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), hyssop, lemon balm, angelica, juniper, dittany, nutmeg and melissa.
In France the popularity of Absinthe is more than wine. The traditional process of using and preparing Absinthe was born with the Absinthe bars.
After presuming that Absinthe contained psychoactive chemicals and causes hallucinations, convulsions, insanity and death, the drink was banned in France. There is no truth in these claims. There is no chance of these effects due to Absinthe. 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”.
You will need:-
– Take a large glass or Absinthe glass.
– An Absinthe spoon– replica glasses and spoons can be purchased online at AbsintheKit.A person can also prepare his own Absinthe with top-quality Absinthe essences. To prepare own Absinthe a person will require top-quality Absinthe essences.
– Take a sugar cube.
– A carafe of iced water.
A person has to pour a shot of Absinthe into the glass.
After resting the spoon on the rim of the glass put the sugar cube on it.
Gradually drip the iced water over the sugar to make it soluble.
As the water mixes into the Absinthe a louche is visible. The essential oils cause the mixture to louche or go cloudy because they are not soluble in water.
One can stir Absinthe to feel the taste of the Green Fairy.
It is very easy to get drunk on Absinthe though it does not give hallucinations. The herbs used in the preparation of Absinthe are sedative in nature and stimulants. Other spirits, wine or beer can not give the same drunkness as caused by this blend of herbs. Some call it 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. As the sugar has caramelized and melted from the spoon and into the Absinthe one can add the iced water.
The Bohemian method is a modern method that is a bit of fun in comparison to a serious method of drinking Absinthe. As the whole glass of Absinthe can catch fire so it can be a bit risky! It is necessary to take care.
The Ritual is the most popular way of using Absinthe but Absinthe can also be used in cocktails – make up your own or search online for cocktail recipes to give you inspiration on how to use Absinthe.