To produce your Absinthe drink you need to pour a shot of Absinthe directly into an Absinthe glass and rest an Absinthe spoon on the rim of the glass.
Position a cube of sugar over the spoon and carefully drip the water above 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 carefully, you will be able to see the Absinthe louche as it turns from a see-through 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 and contrast those to the alcohol levels of other drinks, you can find a concept of exactly how strong Absinthe is.
Beer usually has an abv of 4-5%, table wine is normally 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 have to keep in mind that, drink it in moderation and take extra care when mixing it with other spirits in cocktails.
Don't forget that if you're making Absinthe from home from kits like the essences from AbsintheKit.com, the alcohol content is dependent upon what neutral alcohol you use.
How Many Drinks To Have?
The National Health Service of the UK has distributed guidelines to help people to understand how much alcohol can be consumed safely without putting their health in danger. Women should not have any more than 3 units of alcohol each day and men should not have any more than 4 units every day. A unit is 10ml of pure 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 as well as a large 250ml glass of Rioja wine is 3.3 units.
Where does Absinthe fit in this?
Well, if you simply drink Absinthe, then you need to limit yourself to a shot of commercial Absinthe a day to be in the safe drinking regulations.
Many people still feel that Absinthe can make you hallucinate. Although in the past, Absinthe was likened to cannabis, we now know this isn't true. The only real effects you're going to get if you drink a lot of Absinthe are those related to being drunk.
Tips to enjoy Absinthe safely - Simply drink quality Absinthe which has its alcohol content labeled, or make your own, and revel in your Absinthe sparingly.
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