Absinthe has once again become a popular drink and, with the legalization of a few brands of Absinthe in 2007 in the United States, it can even be said that we are experiencing an Absinthe revival. 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.

Dr Pierre Ordinaire prepared Absinthe as an elixir in Couvet, Switzerland in the 18th century. Henri-Louis Pernod was distilling Absinthe and selling it commercially by the turn of the 19th century. A wine alcohol base distilled with different types of natural herbs including wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), fennel, aniseed, star anise, hyssop, lemon balm, angelica, juniper, dittany, nutmeg and melissa was used by Pernod.

Absinthe or La Fee Verte (Green Fairy) became more famous than wine in France. Absinthe bars use the "Ritual" method for preparing Absinthe.

France banned Absinthe when it was claimed that Absinthe contained psychoactive chemicals and cause hallucinations, convulsions, insanity and death. Everybody now knows that these claims were false. One cannot suffer with such effects due to intake of Absinthe. During 1990s Absinthe was legalized in several countries.

How to Use Absinthe the Traditional Way

To prepare Absinthe in the traditional way is to use the "Ritual".
These are necessary items :-
– A large glass or Absinthe glass is needed.
– Absinthe
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– A Big sugar cube.
– Iced water carafe.

A shot of Absinthe is needed to flow into the glass.
Place the spoon on the rim of the glass and supply the sugar cube on the spoon.
Slowly drip, rather than pour, the iced water over the sugar to dissolve it.
The Absinthe louche is seen as the water mixes into the Absinthe. The essential oils in the Absinthe are not soluble in water so cause the mixture to louche or go cloudy.
Stir your Absinthe and enjoy the taste of the Green Fairy.

However Absinthe will not give hallucinations but it is a strong drink and can be consumed easily. Either naturally sedative in nature or stimulants herbs are used to prepare Absinthe. This blend of herbs can give a very different drunkenness than that caused by other spirits or wine or beer. It is also described 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. A person can add the iced water after the sugar has caramelized and melted from the spoon into the Absinthe.

One can have fun while drinking Absinthe with the Bohemian method. It can be risky as the whole glass of Absinthe can catch fire, a bit of a waste of Absinthe! 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.

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