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August 4th, 2012
10:35 pm
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We bought an absinthe variety box in Spain. It wasn't particularly cheap but it appealed for novelty value. Most of them are about 80%, which is just crazy.
But, I have no previous absinthe experience: does one mix it with anything? Or just neck it and fall over?
I have no idea what the different colours are all about. No info on the box.

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Date:August 5th, 2012 06:04 am (UTC)
Yes, this. Most absinthes go cloudy when you add water, and if you pour carefully (and it's good stuff) you can get a very pleasing swirly moving effect in the glass.

I thought you wanted quite a lot of water in it, like with pastis - from 1:1 to 10:1 or more depending on how strong it is and how you like it, what the weather's like, etc. Pastis (which I have more experience with) is served neat in a glass with a little jug of water so you can get it just right for you.

Drinking style again to taste, but I'd go for sipped slowly over a fair while rather than necking it.
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Date:August 5th, 2012 11:35 am (UTC)
Well we'll need to sip it, to make it last - the bottles are ver ver small.
As I suspected, I shall treat it as double strength pastis, with maybe a bit of sweetening
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Date:August 4th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
Our local burger/pizza place does it with tequila & triple sec for a "pangalactic gargleblaster". It's very nice.

cocktails with absinthe
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