Absinthe recipes - how to mix and drink absinthe
THE CZECH ABSINTHE RITUAL
Pour a shot of Absinthe in a small tumbler. Take a teaspoon of sugar. Dip the teaspoon into the absinthe so that the sugar absorbs the liquor. Then, holding the spoon above the absinthe, set light to the sugar. Let it burn for a minute or so. The sugar will bubble and begin to caramelise. Once the flame is beginning to die down, stir the shot of absinthe with the sugared spoon (smothering the glass if it catches alight). Now add an equal measure of water and some ice if required.
ORIGINAL ABSINTHE SERVING RECIPE
The original absinthe recipe: first you pour roughly three ounces of absinthe into a heavy parfait-style stemmed absinthe glass. A perforated absinthe spoon is set upon the rim of the glass and on the spoon is placed a cube of sugar. Ice-cold water is ever so slowly dripped from a glass carafe onto the cube. The sugar dissolves and you continue pouring until the ratio of absinthe to water is about two to five parts, depending upon your taste and fortitude. Give the absinthe drink a spin with the spoon and drink like you dripped - slowly.
Want to get the most out of your Absinthe? The active ingredient thujone has its best effects within a half hour of drinking. Afterward, the effect you feel will be purely alcohol based, so make sure to pace your drinking so you enjoy the wormwood and the alcohol over the length of your experience. As always, drink responsibly and in moderation.