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A high alcohol anise flavored beverage which can reach ABV level of 45%-75% ABV and generally made from French or wormwood. Absinthe is typically of a natural green color but is also produced in both clear and artificially colored styles. It is often called “the Green Fairy.”

Natural green absinthes take their color from chlorophyll, which is present in some of the herbal ingredients during maceration. Although it is sometimes mistakenly called a liqueur, absinthe is not bottled with added sugar and is therefore classified as a liquor. Absinthe is uncommon among spirits in that it is bottled at a high proof but consumed diluted with water.

Absinthe is basically drank on its own. It’s generally not “mixed” into a cocktail. One of the draws to drinking absinthe is the ceremony of preparing the drink. There are two common methods to drinking absinthe

Traditional Method: http://absinthewormwood.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/how-to-drink-absinthe1.jpg
  1. Pour a shot of Absinthe into a glass
  2. Place an Absinthe spoon on the glass and set a sugar cube on the spoon
  3. Slowly drip four to six parts of iced water onto the sugar melting the sugar into the absinthe.
  4. Stir and drink

Czech Method:
  1. Pour a shot of Absinthe into a glass
  2. Dip a teaspoon of sugar in the absinthe so that it absorbs it.
  3. Set the sugar cube on an Absinthe spoon and place it on the glass.
  4. Set the sugar cube on fire and allow all the caramelized sugar to flow into the glass.
  5. Pour the water into the glass, stir and enjoy!

*** Courtesy of Yahoo Answers

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