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How to Drink Absinthe

Savor the potent spirit – up to 140 proof! – that is once again being sold in the U.S. after a nearly century-long ban.


  • Step 1: Pour an ounce or two of absinthe into a tall, heavy, thick-stemmed glass, like a parfait glass.
  • Step 2: Place an absinthe spoon – a flat, metal, slotted spoon – across the rim of the glass.
  • Step 3: Put a sugar cube on the slots of the spoon.
  • Step 4: Slowly drip three to six ounces of cold spring water over the sugar cube until the sugar is dissolved. The absinthe will turn from transparent green to a cloudy green or yellow.
  • TIP: Some people dip the sugar cube in absinthe and set the cube on fire before dousing it with ice water.
  • Step 5: Stir with the slotted spoon and enjoy.
  • FACT: Governments around the world banned absinthe in the early 20th century because it was thought to cause madness.

You Will Need

  • Absinthe
  • A jigger
  • A parfait glass
  • A slotted spoon
  • A sugar cube
  • Ice-cold spring water
  • A lighter or match (optional)

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