Absinthe is becoming a popular drink again now that it is legal in many countries around the world. There is a new generation of people interested in finding out about Absinthe and wanting to try the drink of the Green Fairy. They are searching for articles and information to learn all about the mythical, mysterious drink. They also want to know how strong Absinthe is and how many Absinthe drinks to have.
Absinthe is an anise flavored liquor which is usually served diluted with iced water. The traditional method of serving Absinthe is called The Ritual or La Louche. Here are instructions for how to prepare the perfect Absinthe:-
To make your Absinthe drink you need to pour a shot of Absinthe into an Absinthe glass and rest an Absinthe spoon on the rim of the glass.
Place a cube of sugar on the spoon and slowly drip the water over the sugar to make it dissolve into the Absinthe. Top up the Absinthe to taste, usually a ratio of between 3:1 and 5:1 water to Absinthe.
If you use a steady hand and drip the water slowly, you will be able to watch the Absinthe louche as it turns from a transparent bright green to an opalescent, pale, milky green.
Here are the alcohol contents of some 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 levels of other drinks, you can get an idea of just how strong Absinthe is.
Beer usually 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 twice as strong as Johnnie Walker Scotch so we need to remember that, drink it in moderation and take extra care when mixing it with other spirits in cocktails.
Also remember that if you make Absinthe at home from kits like the essences from AbsintheKit.com, the alcohol content will depend on what neutral alcohol you use.
How Many Drinks To Have?
The National Health Service of the UK has issued guidelines to help people to know how much alcohol can be consumed safely without putting their health at risk. Women should have no more than 3 units of alcohol per day and men should have no more than 4 units per day. A unit is 10ml of pure alcohol (ethanol).
To put this into context, a 50ml glass of Jack Daniels (40% abv) is 2 units, a 330ml bottle of Budweiser is 1.7 units and a large 250ml glass of Rioja wine is 3.3 units.
Where does Absinthe fit into this?
Well, if you only drink Absinthe, then you need to limit yourself to a shot of commercial Absinthe a day to be within the safe drinking guidelines.
Many people still believe that Absinthe can make you hallucinate. Although in history, Absinthe was compared to cannabis, we now know that this is not true. The only effects you will get if you drink too much Absinthe are those related to being drunk.
Tips to enjoy Absinthe safely – Only drink quality Absinthe which has its alcohol content labeled, or make your own, and enjoy your Absinthe in moderation.