Absinthe is one of the those spirits I really enjoy when I have it, but seem to never have a bottle around. Luckily attending a beautiful event with Absente Absinthe, I was able to revisit my love for Absinthe as well as get a bottle for my home bar!
What is absinthe? It’s an anise-flavored spirit derived from several plants, including the flowers and leaves of Artemisia absinthium. This combined together with green anise, sweet fennel, and other medicinal and culinary herbs, gives you this incredibly complex, delicious, and unique spirit. Absente absinthe is produced in the South of France, and uses some of the oldest absinthe recipes around. This is important, because the old recipes contain the true formulas which make this spirit authentic.
Absente uses the highest quality artisanal distillation method as well as ingredients that are the same as a century and a half ago. This produces an easy to drink, palatable absinthe you can enjoy on its own and in cocktails. This particular absinthe also includes the infamous botanical wormwood, but don’t worry, you won’t see any “green fairy’s”.
I had the pleasure of attending the Secret Absinthe Bar inside the Van Gogh exhibit a few weeks back and it was awesome. We were greeted with some delicious Absente on the rocks, poured traditionally with dripping water and a sugar cube. This allows the sugar and water to dissolve correctly into the spirit, making a very delicious aperitif or digestive. This one is a perfect balance between anise, spice, and wormwood flavors. If you like anise flavor, you will most definitely enjoy this absinthe.
Absente Absinthe is also wonderful in cocktails, especially in a Mule. HERE they have a ton of fun cocktails to choose from if you’re new to absinthe and want to try the flavor in a cocktail first. I recommend both, trying it on it’s own with some ice and sugar water, and then in a cocktail so you can really get to know the spirit.
If you’re looking for a new way to boost your cocktails, add some more fun flavors to your life, and do things a bit different, I recommend trying Absente Absinthe. At 110 proof, it’s smooth and delicious, and something fun for the upcoming fall and winter seasons!
Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love. Please pair responsibly!