Absinthe drink is probably the most popular alcoholic drinks, or spirits, on this planet. Famously banned in 1915 because of its cannabis like psychedelic effects on the brain, its supposed addictive quality and its excessive alcohol content, it was reviewed for safety in the 1990s and found safe for sale and the prohibition was lifted in most countries in europe.
There are several spellings of the word Absinthe - Absinthe, Absinth, Absynthe and Absenta. Central Europeans often spell it "Absinth" without the "e". The word Absinthe originates from the Latin "absinthium" the term for wormwood, one of its main ingredients. "Absinthiana" is the word describing the objects used in the preparation of Absinthe - the Absinthe glasses , Absinthe spoon, carafe, fountain and brouilleur. There are numerous Absinthiana antiques available on the market and there are collectors who specialize in Absinthiana.
Absinthe is a liquor produced from herbs including wormwood (artemisia absinthium), anise, fennel and star anise. The compound thujone, from the wormwood, was regarded as responsible for the psychedelic results of Absinthe. Absinthe has been famously blamed for Van Gogh's madness and his act of slicing off his ear. However, Absinthe is equally as safe as drinking any solid liquor like whisky or vodka, and has not been discovered to possess any psychedelic or hallucinogenic effects.
Absinthe Drink is nicknamed "The Green Fairy" due to its striking emerald green color and is well-known as being the favored beverage of Bohemian Parisian society, the artistic set. Many renowned artists and writers were followers of the Green Fairy - Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway. Absinthe has even highlighted in the paintings of Van Gogh and Picasso. Hemingway notoriously invented a cocktail recipe he called "Death in the Afternoon" that is a blend of Absinthe and champagne - delicious!
Absinthe Drink Planning Recommendations
- Pour Absinthe into an Absinthe glass.
- Rest a special Absinthe slotted spoon, like those on the net from AbsintheKit.com, on the glass and put a sugar cube upon it.
- Pour cold water over the sugar. The drink will louche or become cloudy as the water blends with the Absinthe.
- Enjoy drinking your Absinthe, the famous drink of fairies!
There are also many cocktail recipes that use Absinthe such as the "Moulin Rouge" which is a blend of Absinthe, Archers and Grenadine.
Absinthe louches, becomes cloudy, simply because of its natural oil content. The oils from the herbs in the Absinthe are not water soluble and so help make the drink cloudy once the water is added. These herbal oils give Absinthe its popular milky appearance and, certainly, its wonderful taste.
Absinthe drink is available from a variety of manufacturers and in many different types. You may also order Absinthe essence online. This essence which happens to be available from companies like AbsintheKit.com is great because one 280ml bottle of essence makes 14 bottles of Absinthe - an excellent economy. A measure and artistic bottle labels are furthermore provided. You may also buy lovely Absinthe spoons and glasses to assist you create the perfect Absinthe drink.
Enjoy your Absinthe the traditional way or look online for Absinthe cocktail recipes.