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Author Topic: Absinthe Drinks, Experimentation and Request for Suggestions  (Read 1521 times)
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« on: June 21, 2015, 06:23:58 pm »

Well, I had to try it. I bought a bottle of absinthe (the cheap brand). When I opened it, it smelled delicious. I absolutely love licorice. Tried it the traditional way with sugar and cold water and it was *meh*. Maybe it could use some carbonation.

I put it in the refrigerator to chill it and also some cream soda (which is vanilla and brown) and some seltzer water (which is clear but I didn't realize until I got it home was lemon-lime flavored). Mixing it with sugar and seltzer was pretty darn good. Mixing it with the cream soda resulted in an ugly brownish color but it was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! I ended up enjoying more of it than I should have.

I'm going to be on the lookout for completely unflavored seltzer for further testing, and see if there is any clear cream soda out there. I seem to remember blue cream soda from my childhood but I don't remember the brand and don't know if it's still sold. It would maybe make a prettier drink than the brown stuff. Smiley

Does anyone have a favorite absinthe drink?
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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2015, 01:35:13 am »

There are innumerable cocktails using absinthe in varying quantities - try here for starters.

Your ability to make and enjoy many of these will depend on your supply of cocktail ingredients and, naturally, taste.  I've enjoyed, say, the 3G and the 1815 Sutherland Highlanders, but some ingredients may be too 'grown up' (I mean no offence) if you're not used to cocktails.  You'll find a little absinthe goes a long way.  Several of the recipes on Kindred call for just a rinse, where a small quantity of absinthe is swirled around the glass and discarded (or poured back in the bottle) before the rest of the drink is added.  This gives a very subtle hint of aniseed to the overall drink without (usually) upsetting those who don't think they like the smell or taste.

If there's a good craft cocktail bar where you live, drop in on a quieter night, sit at the bar and talk to the bartenders.  Watch how they work, and ask them to introduce you to different drinks containing absinthe.  I warn you - this could be the start of an(other) expensive hobby!
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2015, 12:00:41 am »

Just tried a shot of absinthe in diet Pepsi cola - Unusual taste, strongly licorice-like and not unlike the 'bobbly' blue or pink chewy aniseed ones in a pack of Liquorice allsorts


Quite pleasant, and depending on the absinthe used, may have quite a botanical taste. Coca-Cola might give a different effect, worth trying at least.

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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2015, 02:39:32 am »

Egad, sir!  I fear you may have over-indulged (in the interests of Science, of course).

Rule of thumb (pertaining to more interesting cocktails - possibly doesn't apply to student abominations): if you're drinking cocktails for the effect, you've missed the point.
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2015, 12:40:46 am »

My own favorite is still a classic Sazerac, in which just enough absinthe is used to wet the interior of the glass while mixing a sugar cube, Peychaud's bitters, and cognac or rye whisky, then adding that to the original glass with a twist of lemon peel. Delicious!
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2015, 02:55:20 am »

Try straining the water through ice cubes before adding it to the absinthe and maybe add a little more sugar. "Death in the Afternoon" is a cocktail with absinthe and champagne. I tried one a year or so ago and really enjoyed it. It was not unlike getting kicked by a mule that was wearing fuzzy slippers.

There's also absinthe ice cream, if you want something even colder and sweeter -  http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2009/05/absinthe-ice-cream/
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2015, 03:45:09 am »

In case anyone's interested, here's Absinthe, the Green Fairy, the "official" BG absinthe thread.
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2015, 05:30:02 am »

I can thoroughly recommend David Lebovitz's absinthe cake, too.  But perhaps we digress ...
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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2015, 10:46:15 am »

Just tried a shot of absinthe in diet Pepsi cola
Coca-Cola might give a different effect, worth trying at least.

You are a bounder and a cad for even suggesting such thing  Shocked

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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2015, 08:21:36 pm »

Just put a big red cross across Absinthe as I hate the taste of licorice.
I must be one of the only people who can't stand the taste.
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« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2015, 08:47:00 pm »

Just put a big red cross across Absinthe as I hate the taste of licorice.
I must be one of the only people who can't stand the taste.
I have never liked the taste of licorice; I do really like the taste of anise. Go figure.
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« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2015, 11:35:46 pm »

Well although my experience of absinthe is limited (though I do find the liquorice taste of pernod overpowering) I will admit to being intrigued as to two absinthe based drinks which I have heard of;

1. Apparently the favoured tipple of Toloulse Lautrece, a drink called L'Earthquake which is made with equal parts absinthe (filtered in the usual manner through a sugar cube) and cognac.

2. The favoured drink of both down and outs and bohemians in late 19th Century Paris, Scavenger's absinthe (I'm afraid the french name eludes me but which is along the lines of absinthe de voignteur) which is a mixture of absinthe and red wine (it is mentioned in The Difference Engine).
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« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2015, 02:12:29 pm »

1 part Absinthe to 3 parts R.Whites Cream Soda..it's called 'Green Silk' and is delicious!! I'm sure plenty of people can lay claim to discovering this but my personal thanks go to Mark Britten (aka 'The Alco-mist') who created it whilst we were in Transylvania in 1998..
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« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2015, 02:26:54 pm »

1 part Absinthe to 3 parts R.Whites Cream Soda..it's called 'Green Silk' and is delicious!! I'm sure plenty of people can lay claim to discovering this but my personal thanks go to Mark Britten (aka 'The Alco-mist') who created it whilst we were in Transylvania in 1998..

Agreed. Delicious.  Smiley
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