How to Drink Absinthe

how to drink absinthe

Popular in the 1800s, absinthe is a very popular drink and was formerly banned because it was made from wormwood, which was believed to cause hallucinations. For this reason, it has been illegal for many years in many countries, including Australia, but later legalized. Known as “The Green Fairy” in French, several studies have shown that wormwood, an ingredient in absinthe, doesn’t really cause hallucinations. Try to drink absinthe and discover its unique drinking ritual. If you don’t like licorice, don’t give it a try you might feel bad because of its taste!

1. Prepare all the things needed, including ingredients.

  • Pontarlier glass (if you don’t have one, you can just use a wine glass)
  • Absinthe
  • Sugar cubes
  • Ice cold water
  • Absinthe spoon
  • Shot glass
  • Lighter

2. Measure the absinthe.
Use the shot glass for measuring the absinthe. Fill the shot glass with absinthe and pour it in the glass. There are several types of glasses that can be used as alternative, but every glass may have a different bulbous bottom design which indicates the initial amount of absinthe to be poured.

3. Dip the sugar cube.
Lay the absinthe spoon straight on the top of the glass and place one sugar cube over the holes in the spoon. This is a traditional way, but only optional. The sugar will balance the bitter taste of the wormwood when dissolved in the cocktail.

4. Dissolve the cube.
Use your lighter to light the cube. If you don’t have lighter, you can also use matches. Then slowly drip the ice cold water over the cube until it all dissolves. Lighting the cube can help it burn a little to dissolve quickly.

5. Stir to mix well.
Use the absinthe spoon to stir the alcoholic beverage. Then it’s ready to drink!

Caution: This is the popular way, but maybe a non-traditional method of drinking absinthe. Some absinthe varieties are high in alcohol content, making them flammable and dangerous to set on fire.

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