How Is Absinthe Served.
Like most things in moderation it is no more potent than other strong spirits. One popular mistake people make is trying to drink it like a shot. This is totally wrong. The correct method is to drip iced water from an Absinthe fountain, onto a sugar lump. This is suspended over a glass of Absinthe by a special slotted spoon. The sugared water turns the green Absinthe into a milky white drink with a strong refreshing aniseed flavour.
What is Absinthe?
Produced much like gin, Absinthe is a high-proof neutral spirit. Generally around 110 to 144 proof, infused with a blend of botanicals. The three main herbs are Grande Wormwood, Sweet Fennel and Green Anise.
Traditionally the alcohol is infused a second time before bottling. This intensifies the flavour and creates the signature green colour.
One of the ingredients of Absinthe is Wormwood, which supposed to have hallucinogenic properties,. Indeed a Swiss gentleman, after spending a day drinking Absinthe went home and murdered his family helping lead to a ban on the drink throughout much of the World. Though ironically enough, it was never banned in England.
Oscar Wilde once said, A glass of Absinthe makes you see things as you wish they were. A second glass you see them as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are. That is the most horrible thing in the world.
Absinthe was banned in the U.S.A in 1912, due to the belief that the green liquid was hallucinogenic.
Thujone is the chemical in Absinthe that gives it the supposed hallucinogenic property. Drinking enough Absinthe to cause you to hallucinate would probably see you die from alcoholic poisoning.