How To: Properly Pour Absinthe


Published:

The elaborate technique of pouring absinthe isn’t some artifice of modern mixology. The 19th-century method helps release the spirit’s aromas, says Deidre Darling, an absintheur at The Savoy in Chicago. Still, she notes, there is plenty of theater: It has a backstory (see: Toulouse-Lautrec), requires ornate accoutrements, and has a visual special effect (as you pour, the green liquid suddenly turns white). Here’s how to stage your own delicious production.

One:

Pour 1 ounce of absinthe into an absinthe glass.

Two:

Rest an absinthe spoon across the rim of the glass and place a sugar cube on the spoon.

Three:

Using a carafe, pour a small amount of ice water onto the cube, causing it to loosen. Slowly drizzle more water to achieve a water-absinthe ratio between 3:1 and 5:1, depending on taste. The absinthe will louche, taking on an opaque milky color.

Read why you need to try absinthe (again)

Related Articles

Boisset Family Estates Launches Boisset Wine Living Division

Plus other news and notes from the world of wine, beer and spirits.

7 American IPA Superstars

As brewers experiment with innovative hop varieties, these beers take on exciting new flavor profiles.

Dining Trend: Gourmet Fast Food

Gourmet fast food—once a small, curious anomaly—has grown into a raging (and lucrative) phenomenon.

Japan's Best Kept Secret: Shochu

Here’s your cheat sheet to the country's most-imbibed booze.

Subscribe

You can unsubscribe at any time. View an example of our newsletter.

Shop

>

Related Web Articles