|Floris Absinthe Bar. Source: Sheridan|
The process of making absinthe is fairly simple. You put anise, fennel, wormwood, and other herbs into a huge pool of alcohol. The mixture is distilled, which causes the alcohol and herbal oils to evaporate and separate from the water. This intense liquid is diluted to create the finishing product. As it is, the absinthe is clear but manufacturers will add some herbs to give the absinthe its unique, green color.
|Absinthe. Source: Jack Newton|
|Flaming Absinthe. Source: Koglin|
|Absinthe Brands. Source: Kenn Wilson|
Some of the best absinthe cocktails I've read about: The Hobnob, The Green Beast, Sazerac, L'arc de Triomphe, Death at Dusk, Death in the Afternoon, Black Fairy, and the Absinthe Drip. Someone should come up with a cool absinthe cocktail called "The Hulk" because it's strong and green. Just saying...
If you're interested in trying absinthe cocktails or drinks in New York, check out Maison Premiere in Brooklyn. It's an oyster bar with absinthe drinks. It's legit. You can also try William Barnacle Tavern in St. Marks. They use a bomb ass absinthe fountain. If you want to get some good bar food with some awesome absinthe drinks go to The Dead Rabbit in Fidi. It's a small place but it has some fairly delicious bar food dishes. Here is their absinthe menu.
Check out my other absinthe post for the history of absinthe.
Learn how to drink absinthe: YouTube
Why would you eat that? Absinthe: YouTube
6 ways to drink absinthe: Link
Famous absinthe drinkers: Link
Absinthe Cocktails: Link
A famous quote by Oscar Wilde, "After the first glass of absinthe you see things as you wish they were. After the second you see them as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world".