Thirsty Thursdays: Absinthe on fire

I can’t BELIEVE I took part in this.

Two of my male relations decided recently it would be fun to drink Absinthe.  One of the said relations has been to France and experienced Absinthe drinking the original way, hence the sugar cube on fire.

The sugar cubes proved feisty in staying lit, so the Good Idea Fairy suggested simply lighting the Absinthe on fire.  This is not appropriate. And makes the old fashioned glasses VERY hot.

WARNING: Don’t try this anywhere, especially at home.

Because if you do you may succeed in fire, but you won’t be able to drink the scalding, face-twisting liquor.  And you’ll have to add ice.  And get a new glass.

LESSONS: Don’t listen to the Good Idea Fairy.  Some things are just better in France, and like Vegas, should stay there.

Authentic Absinthe Toast

  • Pour an ounce of Absinthe into an old fashioned glass.
  • Set a sugar cube on a slotted spoon (or Absinthe spoon) and place over glass.
  • Optional: Light sugar cube on fire for just a few moments.
  • Slowly trickle ice cold water over the sugar cube into the glass. You’ve poured enough water when Absinthe is completely cloudy.
  • Flip sugar cube into Absinthe and enjoy (if you can)!


About Absinthe

Original Absinthe is distilled from whole herbs in alcohol, namely Grande Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) as well as sweet fennel and anise.  The real stuff is naturally green and VERY strong – anywhere from 60 – 70% alcohol by volume.  That’s why you add water!  Unfortunately, the tall tale of it causing hallucinations is widely agreed to be myth.


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