Absinthe 101. How do you serve and Drink Absinthe?



This article is great. Another how to article from The House of Drinks.
Sometimes it can be quite confusing how to drink certain drinks. I found it quite embarrassing when someone would suggest a drink and I would have to ask them what the best way to drink it is. Now I am much older, wiser and possibly a little bit more self confident when it comes to how I like to drink my alcohol. I wish this sort of article was around when I first tried Absinthe.

Absinthe 101. How do you serve and Drink Absinthe?

We got this great comment from one of our customers today. Josephine said: “Wow, brilliant site and so many options to choose, almost impossible to pick just one favourite. Will have to think. Great info too, wonder if you can explain the right way to serve and drink absinthe?”

Ah, La Fée Verte as she is known or The Green Faerie. It was said that after drinking Absinthe the Green Faerie would lure you into debauchery and wickedness. In fact, she often did. There are whole treatises on the powerful spirit (it’s not a liqueur as it’s often described as it has no added sugar added at the bottling stage and is, therefore, a spirit) and it’s very name today evokes dreams of old France, artists, poets and maidens. Most of the sexual connotations inherent in Absinthe advertisements as well as poetical and literary references are doubtless due to the era that Absinthe was most popular (late 1800’s to early 1900’s) and also the libidinous nature of the artists and artisans that made the drink so popular.

However, I’ll go back to the question. There is only one traditional way to drink Absinthe it seems, at least one main way; like many high alcohol content beverages (the strongest Absinthe we stock is 89.9% ABV or 179.8° Proof) it should be served chilled. The favoured serving method is in an Absinthe Glass with iced water. The Absinthe is measured into the glass and the iced water poured over a sugar cube (white) which is held over the rim of the glass on an Absinthe Spoon (there’s a picture of some in the album). The water can be poured from a small jug but an Absinthe Fountain is preferred. These are wonderful contraptions that perform the arduous task of dripping water onto the sugar cube for you. Who, in the late nineteenth century, would have had the energy or enthusiasm to hold a small jug? And that’s when you get the “Louche”.

The Louche is the swirling of the water with the Absinthe that makes the cloudy drink you’re about to imbibe. Ultimately, regardless of the tools or equipment available, I would suggest adding a cube’s worth of sugar, a level teaspoon, to your Absinthe and adding 3:1 water to spirit or 5:3 depending on taste, experience, depth of interest and your own particular mores. Ah, Absinthe.

Now this is definitely one to be Drink Aware of but don’t be worried, it’s a matter of personal choice. It’s not hallucinogenic; it won’t make you see green faeries. It has a great anise taste and, if you want to get the fountains and glasses to go with it, it’s one of the best party drinks around. Where did you last have Absinthe? Let’s face it you probably never have. Worth a shot then?

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