Ultimate Absinthe Guide - All About Absinthe Liquor

Absinthe How to Drink?

There are two most popular, major methods for serving absinthe drink, both require the use of a perforated (slotted) absinthe spoon. This is a large spoon with open slots in it, allowing liquid to pass through.

Absinthe Louching

  • Pour a shot of Absinthe into absinthe glass, place absinthe spoon over the top and place a sugar cube on the spoon
  • Slowly pour ice cold water over the sugar cube, when the water hits absinthe, it releases essential oils that turn the drink a cloudy.

Important note about louching: Bohemian absinthe recipes have always meant that much less anise is used in their production, thus the majority of products that we sell don't 'louche' when water is added. Our whole range of Absinthe Originals turns slightly cloudy, however, they do not louche as such. It has no influence on quality whatsoever and our absinthe is not as sweet. Generally, French or Spanish absinthes are much sweeter.

Absinthe Flame Method

  • Take a teaspoon full of sugar, or sugar cube and briefly dip it in your glass of absinthe.
  • Light absinthe laced sugar on fire and hold over the glass, the burning alcohol will melt the sugar into the glass.
  • When the fire gets low, stir the remaining sugar into the absinthe drink and enjoy your absinthe experience.

So, now you know how to drink Absinthe using two traditional methods. There are also many popular and impressive absinthe cocktails for you to try and even some Sexy Halloween Absinthe Cocktails that you simply have to try with your friends when they come over.

What is the Best Time to Drink Absinthe?

Absinthe was traditionally served as an aperitif. During the Belle Époque the time between 5 and 7 PM became known as the Green Hour, because everyone would stop by their local café for an absinthe on their way home from work, or in preparation for the evening meal. You can enjoy your absinthe drink at any time but always in moderation.

The serving of absinthe in the 19th century was something of a ritual which involved pouring water over lumps of sugar sitting on special slotted absinthe spoons. The ritual arose because absinthe is traditionally bottled unsweetened, and many imbibers were accustomed to sweetened liqueurs that were popular at the time. The high percentage of alcohol kept the sugar from dissolving properly in the absinthe, so spoons were created and used to suspend sugar over the glass; it dissolved into the drink when cold water was poured during its preparation at the table.

Today, many absintheurs prefer their absinthe without sugar and an alternative way of preparing the drink is to use a glass dripper which can be filled with ice and water. Once the dripper and ice are in place over the glass of absinthe, water is added into the dripper so that it slowly streams into the waiting absinthe. As the water enters into the absinthe it will turn cloudy from the bottom up, as the water coaxes the flavourful herbal aromas from the absinthe; this is known as the 'louche'. Usually after adding between three to five measures of water, the absinthe is ready to taste. Additional water can be added to personal preference.

About Absinthe With Wormwood

There are many pseudo absinthes with no thujone on the market these days - Lucid, Mansinthe and Kubler are THUJONE FREE! As real absinthe is made from herb Artemisia Absinthium, the herb that gives absinthe it’s name, and produces thujone so what is the truth are they selling absinthe? There are only two absinthes in existence that contain anywhere near pre-ban levels of thujone (100+ mg/l). Those absinthes are King of Spirits Gold Absinthe and Century Absinthe (no longer available). Neither of the two, nor any other genuine absinthe, will make it to the States anytime soon. For the real deal, you have to have it shipped over. Yes, possession and importation for personal use is legal.

If you're planning to buy more than one bottle, than you need to check our selection of bottles Absinthe for Sale and special offers.

Is Absinthe Legal in the US?

In the United States, real Absinthe is not a controlled substance but its sale in bars and liquor stores is banned. Absinthe is, however, legal to purchase and possess in the United States. In most of the European Union, absinthe may be sold as long as it stays at 35mg limit of thujone. In Canada, absinthe is completely legal, and on sale in some liquor stores. We deliver absinthe with wormwood to all US states by ultra fast DHL Express Service. More detailed information about legal absinthe in US and other countries can be found in our extensive Absinthe FAQ section.

Where to Buy Absinthe?

If you're wondering where to buy Absinthe, you no longer have to because you have just found Absinthe Liquor Store, the home of the worlds best-selling absinthe liquor - Absinthe Original.

With over 40 absinthe products including reproduction Slotted Absinthe Spoons, Gift Sets, T-shirts, Absinthe Glasses, Absinthe Fountains, Zippo lighters and of course the worlds best - Absinthe Original - buy Absinthe here. In addition to assembling the finest collection of Absinthe collectibles, we have on offer a number of very special Absinthe for Sale, offers which will save you $$$ and will give you some fantastic free products.

It is our aim to offer the finest Absinthe liquors coupled with the best value for money, and on OriginalAbsinthe.com you will find the best collection available on the net, however, you must be aware that there are many counterfeit absinthe products available on the internet, all of these are poor quality and most will not contain any wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) which is the herb that not only gives absinthe its name but also the thujone that gives absinthe its reputation.

Any site (other than this one) claiming to offer for sale original absinthe liquor with the maximum wormwood content, is unauthorized and possibly bogus. We hear of many people ordering from these sites only to find that they lose their money, or do not receive the brand of absinthe they ordered. Most other brands of absinthe do not contain wormwood at all. There is no other brand of absinthe that has more wormwood than genuine King Gold Absinthe which is only available to buy from certified Absinthe Original Liquor Store.

Absinthe Las Vegas

We have been receiving many "absinthe Vegas" questions recently and they all seem to be very similar: "I live in Las Vegas, can you ship absinthe with wormwood to me?" or "Where can I buy absinthe in US, Las Vegas?“ or" Is absinthe legal in the US?" or even this one" I have a bar in Las Vegas, can I serve absinthe with wormwood?" Well, if you live in Las Vegas wondering where can you buy thujone absinthe liquor in Las Vegas, we have to disappoint you as there is no real absinthe with wormwood available anywhere in Las Vegas. Not only in the Las Vegas, there is actually no absinthe with wormwood in the US. You can buy absinthe in US in some liquor stores but you have to be aware that the so called absinthe in the US contains almost no wormwood. And since the wormwood is the main ingredient in real absinthe, the green liquor sold there is certainly not the real McCoy. Did you know, that the real, genuine, original absinthe produced in 19th century France was containing 100-160mg of thujone? If you're lucky enough, the maximum level of thujone in absinthe in US will be well below 9mg! There has been some heavy promotion going on about absinthe in Las Vegas but you will certainly enjoy more the play Absinthe by Wayne Harrison taking place at the forecourt of Caesars Palace, Las Vegas than bottle of US made absinthe without wormwood. We have been producing real absinthe with wormwood since 1996 and we have thousands of happy customers buying absinthe all over the world. If you want to buy absinthe with wormwood from us and you live in Las Vegas, you only have to be little patient as our absinthe delivery takes 48 hrs. If you are still not sure, then please feel free to read our customer testimonials and absinthe reviews and if you still have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email, chat or by telephone. We will be always happy to help and answer any questions you may have about absinthe. And one last bit of information, absinthe with wormwood is same as absinthe with thujone. Thujone is actually an extract from the wormwood, the most important herb in absinthe.

What is Absinthe? Absinthe is a strong alcoholic liquor made from wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) and many other herbs. Absinthe liquor is a deep green drink with a bitter taste. Absinthe was very popular with 19th-century intellectuals, poets, and artists such as Degas, Picasso, Oscar Wilde, Vincent Van Gogh, Hemingway and many others. If you would like to read more about absinthe history, please visit our brief absinthe history. Besides having a very high alcohol content (120 to 160 proof), absinthe was also said to induce a dreamlike state, enhance creativity and facilitate artistic expression. All of the absinthe drinks available on our website are genuine articles produced in the Czech Republic and all of them contain many herbal extracts including the psychoactive thujone. Some of them contain only a small amount of thujone (Staroplzenecky Absinthe - 10mg) and some absinthes have the highest level available on the market (Absinthe Original Bitter Spirit and Absinthe King of Spirits Gold with 100mg of thujone). Absinthe Original Bitter Spirit contains 35mg of thujone, both absinthes are free of all artificial colorings, chemicals, and preservatives.

What is the History of Absinthe?

Absinthe in some form or another has been used for centuries. Ancient texts mention an early sort of absinthe, wine-soaked wormwood as a vermipurge. In the middle ages, it took on many uses, including superstitious claims that absinthe warded off the plague. Modern absinthes commercial origins date back to 1797 when Major Henri Dubied began marketing a bottled Absinthe in France which eventually came to be known as today's familiar Pernod recipe. Originally a medicine, Pernod Absinthe began growing in popularity with the artists, writers, and intellectuals of the day, attributing some of their finest works to absinthes creativity-enhancing effect. However, by 1905 a strong anti Absinthe movement emerged, convinced of the danger Absinthe provided through a few well-publicized incidents of violence and atrocities committed by absinthe imbibers. By 1908, Switzerland was the first to ban absinthe liquor, by 1923, nearly every country worldwide had an absinthe ban in place. These days, the Pernod brand continues to be sold but without any thujone in it, the chemical that gives absinthe its special effects.

What is the Active Ingredient in Absinthe?

One of the constituents of wormwood, thujone is considered the culprit of absinthes "added effect". Naturally occurring in many plants and flowers, thujone is found in large amounts in wormwood. A thujone has a structure very similar to THC (tetrahyrdacannaboid). This similarity has led some to believe that the two substances work similarly upon the brain. New research indicates, however that thujone blocks GABA-A receptors in the brain which inhibit the firing of brain cells, once these receptors are blocked, the brain is free to fire at will. This is why despite the very high alcohol content, absinthe drinkers report being clear-headed, even after consuming amounts of alcohol that would usually put them into a stupor. The bulk, however of absinthes effects is caused by the very high alcohol content.

What About Those Websites Promoting "Homemade Absinthe Kits?"

Absinthe kits are gaining popularity, being sold on some websites, Amazon and on eBay. Many of these revolve around the use of essential oil of wormwood or harsh solvents. These are not absinthe, these are POISON. Besides being a rather unpleasant, pale impersonation of real absinthe, drinking essential oils is not a great way to get "high" but an excellent excuse to quickly visit the emergency room. Pure essential oil of wormwood can cause renal failure and death due to the excessive amounts of thujone and neurotoxins found in it. We highly recommend that you DO NOT purchase any of these homemade absinthe kits. Buy real absinthe with wormwood instead.

Is Absinthe With Wormwood Safe to Drink?

Absinthe alcohol is as safe as any other alcoholic drink. The thujone content of all commercially produced absinthes is low enough to cause no harm to the human body. However, homemade absinthe liquor can be potentially very dangerous. Be aware of the fact that although the thujone content of absinthe liquor may not be harmful, its high alcoholic content can be. You need to know your limits and it is recommended not to mix absinthe liquor with any other strong alcohol, such as whiskey, vodka or gin. As always, practice moderation when enjoying absinthe drink and NEVER DRINK ABSINTHE and drive.

When do You Charge my Card - When I Order, or When You Ship?

When you buy absinthe, your card is verified to be working and to have enough credit available for your purchase but is not charged. An authorization is requested from the card and the amount of your order of absinthe is held for us to remove when we ship your absinthe order out.

Is Absinthe Original Site Secure For Credit Cards?

Absinthe Original is 100% SECURE liquor store because we go to great efforts to ensure that our site and your information is secure. In addition to using 256-bit encryption to communicate with the bank, all your contact information is stored in an encrypted database that no unauthorized person can read. For security reasons, we have no access to the credit card information.

It Doesn't Accept my Credit Card, How Can I Order?

There are a variety of reasons why your credit card would not be accepted including a billing information mismatch, insufficient funds or a hold placed on your card. We would suggest that you verify that sufficient funds are in your card for your order and that the billing information is exactly as per your invoice. It is also important to make sure that your Credit Card can be used for overseas payments and transactions. If you still have difficulty, call or e-mail us and we will be happy to put your order through.

I Don't Have a Credit Card, How do I Buy Absinthe Liquor?

Apart from all major Credit Cards and direct bank transfers, we also accept PayPal payments for your absinthe orders. Some of our customers also choose to buy absinthe liquor using cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Litecoins. Once we receive your payment and it is confirmed, processing of your absinthe order is begun and your order would ship out soon afterward.

Can I Buy Absinthe in France?

Yes, you can. We accept orders form all European countries as well as from many other countries including Australia, Japan or the United States. We've have been shipping absinthe and absinthe accessories since 1996 and all of our orders are being now delivered by Express Carrier with full online tracking.

How is my Absinthe Shipped?

All absinthe orders are packaged in plain cardboard boxes and shipped by DHL Express. Tracking information is sent upon despatch, therefore please make sure that you provide us with a correct email address and daytime telephone number.

How Long Does it Take to Ship Absinthe?

It normally takes between 1-2 business days to complete and process an order. Shipping time takes about 48 hours depending on your location. There are no shipments during weekends and Bank Holidays.



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