To make your Absinthe drink you should pour a shot of Absinthe into an Absinthe glass and rest an Absinthe spoon over the rim of the glass.
Place a cube of sugar to the spoon and slowly drip the water on the sugar to make it dissolve in the Absinthe. Top-up the Absinthe to taste, usually a ratio which can be between 3:1 and 5:1 water to Absinthe.
If you use a gentle hand and drip the water slowly, you will be able to watch the Absinthe louche the way it turns from a see-through bright green to an opalescent, pale, milky green.
Listed below are the alcohol contents of some popular brands of Absinthe:-
Lucid Absinthe 62% abv (124 proof)
La Clandestine Absinthe 53% abv (106 proof)
Sebor 55% abv (110 proof)
Pere Kermanns 60% abv (120 proof)
Pernod Absinthe 68% abv (136 proof0
Mari Mayans Collectors 70 70% abv (140 proof)
La Fee XS Absinthe Suisse 53% abv (106 proof)
La Fee XS Absinthe Francaise 68% abv (136 proof)
La Fee Bohemian 70% abv (140 proof)
La Fee Parisian 68% abv (136 proof)
Kubler 53 53% abv (106 proof)
Doubs Mystique Carte D'Or 65% abv (130 proof)
Roquette 1797 75% abv (150 proof)
Jade PF 1901 68% abv (136 proof)
Jade Edouard 72% abv (144 proof)
Jade Verte Suisse 65% abv (130 proof)
If you do a comparison of those to the alcohol amounts of other drinks, you can get an idea of precisely how strong Absinthe is.
Beer usually has an abv of 4-5%, table wine is typically 9-12% and premium Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky has 40% abv.
The Roquette 1797 is almost two times as strong as Johnnie Walker Scotch so we really need to understand that, drink it sparingly and take additional care when mixing it with many other spirits in cocktails.
Keep in mind that when you're making Absinthe at home from kits just like the essences from AbsintheKit.com, the alcohol content would depend on what neutral alcohol you use.
How Many Drinks To Have?
The National Health Service of the UK has distributed guidelines to help some people to learn how much alcohol may be consumed correctly without putting their health in jeopardy. Women should not have any more than 3 units of alcohol each day and men should not have any more than 4 units per day. A unit is 10ml of natural alcohol (ethanol).
To set this into context, a 50ml glass of Jack Daniels (40% abv) is 2 units, a 330ml bottle of Budweiser is 1.7 units as well as a large 250ml glass of Rioja wine is 3.3 units.
Where does Absinthe fit in this?
Well, if you only drink Absinthe, you'll need to limit yourself to a shot of industrial Absinthe a day to be within the safe drinking recommendations.
Many people still think that Absinthe could make you hallucinate. Although in history, Absinthe was likened to cannabis, we now know that it just isn't true. The only effects you will get if you drink a lot of Absinthe are those associated with being drunk.
Ideas to enjoy Absinthe safely - Just drink quality Absinthe that has its alcohol content labeled, or create your own, and enjoy your Absinthe sparingly.
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