The Mystery Surrounding Absinthe

Glasses of absintheAbsinthe has acquired a shady reputation due to its history as a banned substance. As is usually the case, this only helped absinthe get more famous. People around the globe crave for it. Fortunately, absinthe has become legally available since 2008. Studies concluded that it does not cause hallucinations after all. Absinthe has the same effects as other alcoholic beverages.

Part of the absinthe controversy revolved around the infusion of Grand Wormwood herb. This contains thujone, a potentially lethal neurotoxin. However, the dosage in absinthe is far too low to be dangerous. In fact, black tea contains more of the toxin per cup. All that wormwood does for absinthe is give it a slight licorice flavor.

Absinthe is made from either grains or wine grapes. The base has extremely high alcohol content, often rated at 130 proof or more. This is infused with a variety of herbs to give it a more complex character. It is these that cause absinthe to have a green tint. Distillers like to have their own unique blend of absinthe so there are plenty to choose from.

Several types of spirits have a licorice flavor including ouzo and raki. People who love these anise liqueurs are sure to warm up to absinthe as well. For those that hate the taste, there’s always whipped cream vodka.

Absinthe can cost about $50 to $80 a bottle. This may seem steep but it’s for a good reason. Absinthe is difficult to produce. The process is costly and labor-intensive. The base alone requires a large amount of alcohol. Taking everything into account, the pricing is quite fair for what the products offer. Those who prefer something cheaper than absinthe can get anise liqueurs instead. These are similarly sweetened but are lightly proofed.

Drinking Preparation
While it’s possible to drink absinthe straight up, this isn’t recommended due to the extreme alcohol content. People are better off mixing the absinthe with other drinks for dilution. Ice cold water is advised. Slowly dribble water onto a glass of absinthe until a 4-to-1 ratio is obtained. This can go as high as 5-to1, water to absinthe. Notice liquid clouds forming as thee drops of water hit the absinthe. Sip small amounts of this drink and take note of the flavors. Do not take large gulps. The first sip should provide a slightly different hit compared to the last. Repeat the process for the remaining absinthe.
Although absinthe has a faint licorice taste, it is not at all sweet. Some enthusiasts like to add sugar when they drink absinthe. Syrup will also do the trick. It’s just a matter of personal preference.

There are a number of devices which can be bought to heighten the experience of absinthe preparation. These can cost a few hundred dollars. They are not required but fans new to absinthe should get them for the effects if they have the cash to spare.