Discovering What to Mix Absinthe With

The traditional technique of serving Absinthe is to try using a technique called The Ritual also to dilute it with water. A lot of people are bored of drinking Absinthe in this way and want to learn what to mix Absinthe with. I hope that this information will motivate you to enjoy Absinthe much more.

Absinthe is usually a strong liquor which is flavored with herbal plants which includes grande wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. In addition, it sometimes consists of petite wormwood (artemisia pontica). The aniseed gives the drink its fantastic anise taste as well as the wormwood gives the Absinthe its typical bitter or slightly sour taste.

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

Thujone is the reason why Absinthe was banned in many countries during the early 1900s. It had been the thujone that was held responsible for the insanity and suicide of Van Gogh and many artists and writers claimed that drinking Absinthe gave them their genius and creativity by way of dreams and hallucinations. The famous Absinthe drinker Oscar Wilde stated 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.” You will never know what would happen following a whole bottle?!

We now know that Absinthe isn’t any more dangerous than almost every other strong spirit just like vodka and whisky, though it is twice the strength. Studies have shown that Absinthe only consists of traces of thujone and therefore it’s not likely to consume enough Absinthe for thujone to have any negative or harmful effects. It won’t make you hallucinate or go insane and it is now legal in the majority of countries. It remains illegal in Ireland but the Irish can order it from overseas and have it shipped for private consumption.

You could make your own personal bottled Absinthe by making use of Absinthe essences from These essences are created by distilling traditional Absinthe herbs and all you need to do should be to mix them with vodka or Everclear – a straightforward and economical approach to make Absinthe.

What to Mix Absinthe With

Since Absinthe is legal in the majority of countries, we could experiment with making use of it in cocktails or produce classic Absinthe cocktails such as the New Orleans Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Sazerac Recipe

1 teaspoon of a high 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 in your freezer.
Swirl the Absinthe round the glass to coat the sides as well as bottom part of the glass. Dispose of (or drink!) the excess.
Place the many other ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mixer and shake for around ½ a minute.
Pour to the glass, adding the lemon peel.

Death in the Afternoon

5 ounces of cooled champagne combined with 1 ounce of Absinthe – delightful!

Some people prefer to use mixers for instance lemonade, 7UP and cherryade with their Absinthe and I have even been aware of Red Bull being combined with Absinthe! Be resourceful when deciding what things to mix Absinthe with, use recipes off the Internet but give them your own twist or makeup your own. Have fun.