To create your Absinthe drink you need to pour a shot of Absinthe directly into an Absinthe glass and rest an Absinthe spoon around the rim of the glass.
Position a cube of sugar over the spoon and slowly drip the water on the sugar to make it dissolve to the Absinthe. Top-up the Absinthe to taste, ordinarily a ratio of between 3:1 and 5:1 water to Absinthe.
If you use a gentle hand and drip the water carefully, you'll be able to see the Absinthe louche while it turns from a see-through bright green to an opalescent, pale, milky green.
Listed below are the alcohol contents of a few popular brands of Absinthe:-
Lucid Absinthe 62% abv (124 proof)
La Clandestine Absinthe 53% abv (106 proof)
Sebor 55% abv (110 proof)
Pere Kermanns 60% abv (120 proof)
Pernod Absinthe 68% abv (136 proof0
Mari Mayans Collectors 70 70% abv (140 proof)
La Fee XS Absinthe Suisse 53% abv (106 proof)
La Fee XS Absinthe Francaise 68% abv (136 proof)
La Fee Bohemian 70% abv (140 proof)
La Fee Parisian 68% abv (136 proof)
Kubler 53 53% abv (106 proof)
Doubs Mystique Carte D'Or 65% abv (130 proof)
Roquette 1797 75% abv (150 proof)
Jade PF 1901 68% abv (136 proof)
Jade Edouard 72% abv (144 proof)
Jade Verte Suisse 65% abv (130 proof)
If you compare those to the alcohol amounts of other drinks, you can get an idea of exactly how strong Absinthe is.
Beer commonly has an abv of 4-5%, table wine is usually 9-12% and premium Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky has 40% abv.
The Roquette 1797 is nearly two times as strong as Johnnie Walker Scotch so we need to keep in mind that, drink it in moderation and take special care when mixing it with other spirits in cocktails.
Don't forget that when you are making Absinthe at home from kits such as the essences from AbsintheKit.com, the alcohol content depends on what neutral alcohol you use.
How Many Drinks To Have?
The National Health Service of the UK has supplied guidelines to help some people to understand just how much alcohol can be consumed safely without putting their own health in jeopardy. Women should have no greater than 3 units of alcohol each day and men shouldn't have any more than 4 units per day. A unit is 10ml of natural alcohol (ethanol).
To place this into context, a 50ml glass of Jack Daniels (40% abv) is 2 units, a 330ml bottle of Budweiser is 1.7 units plus a large 250ml glass of Rioja wine is 3.3 units.
Where does Absinthe fit into this?
Well, if you just drink Absinthe, you'll need to limit yourself to a shot of commercially made Absinthe a day to be in the safe drinking regulations.
Many individuals still feel that Absinthe can make you hallucinate. Although of all time, Absinthe was compared to cannabis, we now know that it just isn't true. The only effects you're going to get if you drink too much Absinthe are the types related to being drunk.
Ideas to enjoy Absinthe safely - Simply drink quality Absinthe which has its alcohol content labeled, or make your own, and enjoy your Absinthe moderately.
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