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So, a #twitterpony told me the other night that absinthe tasted like licorice. This was the first I'd heard of it, so naturally i had to seek some out.

I've always been fairly dismissive of absinthe, it seemed a very posey sort of drink, and I'm not much for hard liquor anyway. But a drink that tastes like licorice? THAT I had to try.

Traditionally, absinthe is served by putting a shot into a glass, then dissolving a sugar cube in a spoon and mixing that in. I didn't have a sugar cube handy, but I did have some sugar packets, and did my best to get the mix right.

*sip*

*poink* O.o

That's ... some strong stuff. And yes, it tasted just like licorice, except licorice that burned a hole in your esophagus and went shooting out the bottom of your stomach while simultaneously causing the top of your head to explode.

I ended up not finishing the shot. Too much of a much, and I couldn't think of a good way to cut it short of just pouring in more water. But I can at least now say I've tried it, and I can see how, given the right mood, I'd be interested in trying again. But it's not something I'm going to be eager for soon.

-The Gneech

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vakkotaur
Oct. 25th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
I've had absinthe and did my best to improvise the sugar & water bit to get the louche. Even diluted this is definitely a drink one sips over an extended time. And, ideally, dines before and/or during it. The bartender where I sampled this (I was NOT going to spring for a full bottle on a prospect!) did warn me that almost everyone who tried it ended up vomiting and "I don't want to have to clean that up again." So I drank it very, very slowly. And ate. And ate. And now I can say I've had absinthe, and did finish the drink, though I feel no urgency to repeat the experience - and that's mainly from the high proof rather than the licorice/anise flavor, which I generally like.

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