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    Absinthe (2008)
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    Absinthe (2008)
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    Absint(h) drink

    by kris-t Updated Aug 14, 2013

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    Absint drink or Absinthe is an anise-flavoured spirit which historically described as a distilled and highly alcoholic (45–74%).

    It's often been portrayed as a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug and described as being hallucinogenic (therefore Tim did not let me even try it!!!). Today it is well known that absinthe does not cause hallucinations.

    Now days nearly 200 brands of absinthe are produced in many countries, most notably in France, Switzerland, USA, Spain, and the Czech Republic.

    Absinthe is prepared by placing a sugar cube on top of a specially designed slotted spoon (you will see a big varaety of this spoons in any absent store) and then placing the spoon on the glass already filled with a measure of absinthe. Iced water is then poured or dripped over the sugar cube in a manner whereby the water is slowly and evenly displaced into the absinthe, such that the final preparation contains 1 part absinthe and 3-5 parts water.
    The Bohemian Method is a recent invention that involves fire.

    Typical Bohemian-style absinth has only two similarities with its authentic, traditional counterpart: it contains wormwood and has a high alcohol content.

    In absint shop near or hotel we'vee seen coffee, ice-cream and cakes with abcint.

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  • Traditional Preparation....

    by allsop8184 Written Aug 13, 2009

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    Here is the traditional bohemian way to set yourself up with Absinthe: Pour a dose (1-1.5oz) of good absinthe into a short glass. Place a sugar cube on a perforated spoon rested on top of your glass. Slowly pour or drip ice cold water over the sugar until your drink is diluted to a ratio between 3:1 and 5:1, but try various amounts and do whatever you think tastes best. Any use of fire and/or pyrotechnics may look impressive but has no connection with the traditional preparation of absinthe. Aside from being dangerous, this newly developed technique caramelizes the sugar and significantly affects the flavour for the worse. The final and tastiest step is: enjoy.

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    Absinthe

    by Kaspian Updated Feb 6, 2009

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    Here's the simpleton tourist idea that's floating around in my head: "I'm going to buy me a bottle of absinthe!"
    Walking up to the liquour shelves at the back of the confectionery store, I suddenly realize that I'm way, way out of my league. Holy geeze, there must be 200 brands of absinthe here! How am I supposed to I know the proper brands from the ones that are probably some kind of bootleg antifreeze that will poison me and make me blind for life? Some of the bottles have herbs in them, some of the absinthe is red liquid, some bottles have naked women on the labels, some bottles have monsters on the labels. ...I think I'll avoid the monster bottles--no need to go completely crazy.
    Nobody is sure exactly where the production of absinthe started, but the drink has been dated as far back as the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. However, the drink seems to be very much tied to the current Czech travel experience. Absinthe is made with fermented herbs--namely wormwood, anise, and fennel and the resulting liquid is usually an unnatural bright green colour. A chemical in the drink called "thujone," is thought to have some mild hallucinatory properties although the resulting effect has been widely exaggerated. Most of the craziness associated with the drink actually comes from its 65-70% alcohol content. The taste? Personally, I think absinthe tastes a lot like Sambuca.
    There are different ways of preparing absinthe for consumption; the French method involves pouring ice water over a sugarcube perched on a spoon into the drink while the Czech method involves placing a few drops of absinthe on a sugarcube perched on a spoon, lighting the cube on fire and letting the sugar melt into the drink. When water is added to a good absinthe it should "louche" (turn from a transparent green to a cloudy colour).
    After 20-some minutes of staring at all these bottles, I choose one called "Hill's Absinth (Established 1920)" simply because it has what looks to me like a reputable, old-style label. Researching this topic later, I discover that Hill's isn't really a very good brand--but at least it's not car antifreeze.
    So, don't go into this situation blind like I did. Do some Internet research before you leave for the Czech Republic and make a list of quality absinthe brands. Some of the more popular Czech labels are "L'Extrait de La Fee", "Songe Vert", "Cami", "King of Spirits' and "Bairnsfather Absinthe". Please note that absinthe is completely legal to own if you want to bring a bottle back to Canada but citizens of the USA must check with the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for a list of acceptable brands.
    Oh, and give the Green Fairy a great big hug from me!

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    How to drink an absinthe

    by mbsimjam Updated Aug 17, 2007

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    And most popular way to drink an absinthe shot is a tricky concoction to put together when you get to the 3rd or 4th one, but its worth a try at the beginning at least.

    Generally the bartender will set you up with the right equipment, but if not, you will basically need the shot, a spoon(actually fork works very well too and sugar cubes and matches.

    lightly soak the sugar cubes in absinthe and light them up. once they start to carmelize, drop them into the glass of absinthe, and letter drop down yer throat.

    The more traditional way is to pour cold water over the sugar cubes so that they dissolve into the absinthe. This actually helps change the taste so its not so pungent.

    Any way, you do it, have fun and be careful! You could lose an ear like Van Gogh!;)

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    ~ Absinth ~

    by Heavens-Mirror Written May 28, 2006

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    ~ Prague Absinth ~

    In the bars & clubs of Prague, the drink is prepared by burning a small amount of absinth soaked sugar on a spoon, which you then stir into your glass of absinth and douse with water (1-2 parts water to absinth).
    It is worth trying some Absinth when in Prague but its not very tasty... although you might like it. You can also buy it in small bottles and give to friends as gifts.

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    Watch yourself

    by Cham Written Jan 13, 2006

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    Seriously Absinthe is very strong stuff... and it does taste pretty nasty... but be very careful how much you drink of it... it doesn't seem to affect you straight away... then all of a sudden it feels like you've been hit by a 10 ton lorry! lol

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    Absytnth

    by RandomDreamer Written Nov 17, 2005

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    Yes, it has to be that horrible green liquid that does strange things to your eyes. So, it was (and still is) illegal in some parts of the world.

    Essentially, if you have one or two (and once you get past the overwhelming urge to gag) you're night will be fantastic and your head will be a beautiful place.

    Drink it properly. Dip in a spoonful of sugar, light the spoon and allow the sugar to drip into the glass to set the Absynth alight. Stir... blow out the fire and down it in one... you should be able to feel it travel along the journey to your stomach.

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  • Feel the Burn of Absinthe

    by sharih Written May 18, 2005

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    The Czech Republic is the only country still producing absinthe, so when you visit it is a must. It isn't the strongest alcohol made (that would be everclear), but it is up there at 70% alchohol by volume. It is an odd green color, but doesn't really taste much. You mainly feel a burn when you swallow. Be sure to have it the traditional way by burning a spoon full of sugar and mixing it in. Have a local show you how.

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  • its rather popular in russia with certain crowds

    by OWLINTHEWOODS Written Nov 12, 2004

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    i watched a big russian get plasterd one night at night flight, he would cool down every once in awhile a drink absinthe to become realitive to his surroundings and start drinking vodka again. the wormwood is rather stiff but through experience it is more of a reality drink then alcohol, burn the alcohol off and drink it as the russkies do the sugar just helps the taste. but then ole jack daniels was really expensive when i was there also, absinthe was cheaper and didnt give you the hangover and it was the wormwood absinthe. humm wish i could get it in the states?

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    How to drink Absinth

    by Carino Written Apr 13, 2004

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    Pour some Absinth in a glass and put a cube of sugar on a spoon on top of the Glass. Now pour some Absinth on the sugar and burn the whole thing. When the sugar melted, pour the sugar-absinth-liquid into the glass and stir it a bit.

    And now: Bottoms up!

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    Not only Absinth...

    by rich77 Written Jan 17, 2004

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    Hot Grog, Prague, January 2004

    Absinth,Beckerova, Borovicka and Slivovice are best superalchohol here and you find it in almost pubs and bar. I personally liked very much the grog, which is simply hot water with rhum and sugar, and in winter is superb.

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    Absinth

    by globetrott Written Aug 26, 2003

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    Czech Republic is one of the very few countries still producing Absinth.

    You may buy it in most of the souvenir-shops, for a price that is much cheaper than ordering it in your country over the internet.

    The first stadium is like normal drinking...

    the second stadium is like seeing cruel things...

    but if you don't give up, you will see things you want to see - great, unusual things !

    Oscar Wilde

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    Absinthe

    by kcochran111 Written Apr 24, 2003

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    The Czech Republic and Spain are the only two places that legally sell Absinthe in Europe. If you want the real stuff (that supposedly made Van Gogh cut off his own ear) cough up the extra money for a bottle containing wormwood. The color should be a foggy green. These bottles should cost no less than $30.

    If you're more into the buzz/souvenir than the hallucinogenic qualities, grab a cheaper electric-blue bottle.

    TO DRINK: Soak a teaspoon full of sugar in Absinthe then light on fire. Stir the shot with the sugared spoon, extinguish, and shoot. Make sure to have water on hand for a chaser!

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    How Czech drink Absinthe

    by p_haefeli Written May 12, 2004

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    Hold a spoon with a sugar cube over a glass. Pour the Absinthe on the sugar. Burn it and let the sugar melt. Now stir it in the glass and drink.

    Cheers!

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