Absinthe | How to Drink

By Brian Lemay 100 comments

Hi, I’m Greg and this is how to drink. I’ve
never worked in a bar, been a bar back, been a bar apprentice been in… I’ve been in
bars, I’ve been in a lot of bars. This is how to drink, a show about making cocktails
and drinking them. Let’s get going. Today we’re going to do an absinthe cocktail.
Not a cocktail made with absinthe, but an absinthe cocktail. Something that kinda gets
my goat, as some people I know have said, is that people always do this wrong. There
is no fire involved in an absinthe cocktail. Now, I don’t have the proper glass because
again we’re at home, but I do have some absinthe, I like the Saint George. I’m gonna
measure out two ounces, which is probably overkill, but we’ll make do. Put an absinthe
spoon I have over the top of the glass, put a sugar cube there. So we’re going to add
this cold water, very slowly over the top of this. The result here, if you watch the
glass, this is going to change color very gradually from that clears yellow to a kind
of opalescent white and it’s starting now. That’s a process called the “louche”
or the “louche”… I can’t pronounced it, it’s French so… From what I understand,
it’s all of the little plant parts that are left over from the distillation process
kind of activating in the presence of water. And I think that’s probably enough, I should
point out this is one of the few drinks I don’t really carefully measure. Give that
a little stir, and that’s an absinthe cocktail. Mmmh. Oh that tastes hallucinogenic. Actually,
that’s a lie. Absinthe has no hallucinogenic properties, that’s uh, that was a bunch
of stuff they made up. The wine companies were really afraid of the absinthe companies
prevalence, and they wanted to put them out of business, so they hired a guy named Doctor
Magnan to trump up a bunch of fake research, about women tearing off their clothes, and
people losing their minds, and all kinds of nonsense. And they put them out of business.
And that was it. And only now is absinthe coming back. There is some toxic stuff in
there from the wormwood, it’s called thujone, or thujone’, I don’t know how you pronounce
it, I’ve only ever read it. It doesn’t cause hallucinations, it causes internal bleeding,
and twitching, and hemorrhaging, and renal failure and… This is how to drink! Drink
absinthe! God that is strong, oh man I love that…


Jeremy Neese

May 5, 2019, 1:27 am Reply

Churchill's breakfast should be better for your tutorial.

Huy Minh Hoàng Trọng

May 5, 2019, 10:04 am Reply

idk how but i found this

Alex Ware

May 5, 2019, 6:32 am Reply


Bill Hartsfield

May 5, 2019, 2:04 pm Reply

Just curious, why don’t you just put the sugar in the glass, why bother pouring it over?

David Parkell

May 5, 2019, 8:14 pm Reply

I can't hear you over that damn horn

Madeleine K

May 5, 2019, 3:55 am Reply

But it looks.. thick

djay T-b

May 5, 2019, 12:18 pm Reply

cut the shit music and speak more clearly

crab fuck Fag

May 5, 2019, 1:43 pm Reply

From clear yellow to std piss

robert mrkos

May 5, 2019, 5:20 pm Reply

Actually, Absinthe in combination of all the herbs could made you Halucinate. But now it is not possible. In past they distilled wormwood with other herbs and then made another wormwood concentrate from boiling it and add it to Absinthe. Therefore Thujon and many other substances could get in the spirit in much higher doses. These days is this method prohibited. Substances are under a supervision and is no way how to get enough of those compounds to the beverage. It is not just Thujon what was behind halucinations. Thujon itself is only inhibitor of GABA and in high doses it can cause serious health issues, but it is followed by some accompanying issues and all those changes in our body together can cause some halucinations. Same way is possible to Halucinate of dehydrations or fever….
Student of Pharmacy

J See

May 5, 2019, 6:16 pm Reply



May 5, 2019, 7:48 pm Reply

Wow, only one cube? I needed at least 2, usually 2.5-3 cubes. That stuff is as bitter as it is strong…..

Jeff Arp

May 5, 2019, 8:56 pm Reply

If women are tearing of their clothes with absenth, I'll take two bottles.????

Julius Baumgart

May 5, 2019, 9:18 pm Reply

This whole video is a big hoax. It has nothing to do with how to drink absinthe. Almost every info he gives is false

Kilo Suave

May 5, 2019, 11:33 pm Reply

Stopped watching when I heard Trump ?


May 5, 2019, 8:54 am Reply

Cock tail

Lawrence Calablaster

May 5, 2019, 1:50 am Reply

Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.

Christian Vincent Rivera

May 5, 2019, 1:01 pm Reply

In school, when you're not present, then you're absinthe.

Fernando Francisco

May 5, 2019, 1:11 pm Reply

Thats not absint. That its just a anis licour

Jacob K

Jun 6, 2019, 4:08 pm Reply

"It doesnt cause hallucinations; just hemmorages and internal bleeding."
Is it wrong to wish it caused hallucinations instead?

Les The Great

Jun 6, 2019, 6:03 am Reply

I had that once and never again… maybe once more in the future if I dont see it first

frank castle

Jun 6, 2019, 10:49 pm Reply

Went to Canada with friends…drank absinthe for first time…we ended up fighting bouncers at strip club

Wolfen Richtophen

Jun 6, 2019, 3:10 am Reply

My absinthe had hallucigenics in it

Milo Rodriguez

Jun 6, 2019, 6:17 pm Reply

Could have just spent some time googling absinthe before making this video mate, joke

Slayer of guys 1996

Jun 6, 2019, 3:52 am Reply

Him in one video: I’ve never worked at a bar

Him in another video: I’ve worked at a bar

Me: ?


Jun 6, 2019, 3:06 am Reply

2:03 tequila?

And why has the word trump (2:02) been used to describe bull$#!+ for so many decades?

Blasphemy I tell you! Blasphemy!

Owen Teague

Jun 6, 2019, 2:16 pm Reply

Oh how you’ve evolved with your channel

Clint Norwood

Jun 6, 2019, 2:33 pm Reply

I havent had absinthe in years. I found that the slower you added water the better it tasted. That to me was strange. Also it has a different buzz than most alcohol. Like I could think clearly but my body was drunk if that makes sense?

Michael Exman

Jun 6, 2019, 10:27 pm Reply

too close to so e Turkish bull shit HATE IT


Jun 6, 2019, 8:14 pm Reply

Why would you light the drink on fire first time I heard of anyone doing that.


Jun 6, 2019, 1:59 am Reply

2015? Wow, your channel is a lot older than I thought.


Jun 6, 2019, 12:35 am Reply

Bought real absinthe online years ago when i was sixteen with my debit card. Hated the taste, kept it for the novelty to pull out when friends came over.
Still the most expensive shit I've ever bought online, but i don't buy online very much.

Wayne Hong

Jun 6, 2019, 3:10 am Reply

Renal failure yadda yadda. This is how to drink!

LORE Channel

Jun 6, 2019, 10:33 am Reply

Hmmm… Absinthe apparently doesn't make the heart grow fonder… just a bit anesthetized.

Weerd Munky

Jun 6, 2019, 11:38 am Reply

Best way to drink absinthe is sitting quietly in the corner, while four prostitutes hold down your roommate and force feed him a gallon of it through a funnel…ahh, good times! ??

Samuel Hunter

Jun 6, 2019, 11:29 pm Reply

I really like those. They are short and informative but at the same time they're so out of place. It's great

Sinbadd The Pirate

Jun 6, 2019, 3:18 pm Reply

I swear I see little green fairies when I drink a tiny bit of Absinthe! It is crazy!

Benjamin Franz

Jun 6, 2019, 12:38 pm Reply

Yes science speaking, the green stuff is chlorophyll and the water causes the green stuff to energize. When it energizes it goes white. Essentially, the green stuff wants to grow in your glass, but it can't because it's dead and has become the drink known as absinthe. So instead, it's now a spectacular Zombie half-life white. This is the glorious chemistry of Botany.

Barnabas Blackthorne McTavish

Jun 6, 2019, 5:49 pm Reply

Visited Europe by myself after I graduated high school. Was a working class (read poor sumbitch) stiff, and paid my own way, not mommy and daddy's money, by any means. Wound up at a hostel between France and Germany, looking for my ancestral homeland of Bavaria. The hosts, a couple of about mid 40s, brought out a bottle of absinthe when I told them of my graduation, and they cheered and said they had a gift for me. Being 18, American, and kbowing these folks were German or French or somewhere in between, I was not shocked when the wife started to undress, and the husband started making drinks. Gotta admit, SuperTroopers knew what they were talking about with Euro women.

Hugh Mungus

Jun 6, 2019, 2:26 am Reply

I had a buddy back in 98-99 that had to go to Europe a few times a year for work. He brought me back a bottle of this stuff and we drank it with the sugar cubes and all that fancy crap. Tasted like shit and I didn’t see green fairies or any of that fun stuff. I’ll take a good 12 year single malt any day of the week.

Chrristopher Whitlock

Jul 7, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

This guy has come a long way

Chrristopher Whitlock

Jul 7, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

Well the show and the guy

Matt Salon

Jul 7, 2019, 6:27 pm Reply

Not to bust your bubble but wormwood is chemically similar to cannabis… Both are hallucinogens… Not as strong as lsd or psilocybin but still effective. And the ban had a lot more substantial evidence outside of what you mentioned….. Also it's way better straight and with a better brand. I believe the one you have has stinging nettles in it…


Jul 7, 2019, 11:47 pm Reply

Absinthe……the only alcohol you WANT to water down! ??

Odin 8856

Jul 7, 2019, 6:13 am Reply



Jul 7, 2019, 12:07 am Reply

As someone who has drunk absinthe straight, I'd very much recommend Not Doing That

Larry Davis

Jul 7, 2019, 8:12 am Reply

It say on the box 2 oz of absinthe one sugar cube 3 oz of water you used to much

Redneck Canuck

Jul 7, 2019, 12:12 am Reply

Absinthe from certain parts of the world DOES 100% make you hallucinate. Speaking from experience. Green flashes of light, auras around light fixtures and a feeling of floating usually followed by intense laughter. Czech absinthe is particularly hallucinogenic. I wouldn't say this if I didn't experience it, and I used to drink high wormwood content absinthe all the time.

Timothy Cook

Jul 7, 2019, 5:50 am Reply

Wasn't that the cocktail johny depp was drinking on that movie from hell

Anton Helsgaun

Jul 7, 2019, 10:46 pm Reply

So there's no reason for not just putting in sugar right?


Jul 7, 2019, 8:04 pm Reply

Where did you get your absinthe?


Jul 7, 2019, 4:56 am Reply

so simple!

Trabber Shir

Jul 7, 2019, 3:10 am Reply

Proper absinthe is green. It is called the green fairy after all.


Jul 7, 2019, 8:56 am Reply

How to drink absinthe
Step one get a cup
Step two pour the drink into the cup
Step three pour out the nasty ass drink and get some Whiskey

DJ92 ́ ́

Aug 8, 2019, 6:31 pm Reply

You need to soak the sugar cube in absinthe and light the mf on firee where is the funn

Waseph Wastar

Aug 8, 2019, 8:38 am Reply

I just drink a glass of Absinthe, without water or sugar…

Dennis Lee

Aug 8, 2019, 10:57 pm Reply

Great video and very handsome

ryan ablan

Aug 8, 2019, 10:44 pm Reply

I had this in spain.. a small green bottle with a skull. Said 90% absinthe and had grandwormwood in it. I was instantly fluent after 2 oz of that.

Chris Fryer

Aug 8, 2019, 7:28 pm Reply

I thought it was absinthe through the sugar.


Aug 8, 2019, 3:57 pm Reply

With that camera and those equipment + setting . I can make lemonade look sadistic..

somil mehra

Aug 8, 2019, 4:42 pm Reply

Is this the same legendary alcohol from the movie "Euro Trip" plz reply ..

The Low Master Of Time And Space

Aug 8, 2019, 10:13 pm Reply

Awesome Vid !!!
I would love to see you make an Absinthe Suissesse.
Absinthe is my favorite drink and would love to see your version. Keep up the great content and cant wait to see more!!!

raymund tan

Aug 8, 2019, 8:47 am Reply

The audio is shit man. Background music is too loud

Constant Chaos

Aug 8, 2019, 8:02 pm Reply

I just drink it neat

Farhat Ali

Aug 8, 2019, 5:22 pm Reply

Can anyone tell me what's the gener of the background music?


Aug 8, 2019, 2:55 pm Reply

I like the idea behind this channel.

Adrian Patron

Aug 8, 2019, 7:16 am Reply

You don't

Name Surname

Aug 8, 2019, 1:18 pm Reply

Shouldn't it be green

kbrock 9146

Aug 8, 2019, 9:38 am Reply

Fun story: friend brought over what they called a "Czech Absinthe", and insisted we prepare it "the Czech way", which involved placing the sugar on the spoon first, pouring the absinthe, then setting the sugar cube on fire to dissolve into the drink.

I poured a little too much absinthe into my glass, the sugar was alighted, the entire glass caught on fire, shattered the glass, and I had flaming absinthe spreading all over my wood coffee table.

Don't do that.


Aug 8, 2019, 7:00 am Reply

i came here looking for the idkhow song i-

Rafael Alódio

Aug 8, 2019, 2:58 am Reply

Kinda disappointed that it isn't allucinogenic.

TayborTalk Gaming

Aug 8, 2019, 10:19 am Reply

Man 2015 back when I watched this show when I was definitely way to young

Warden Cobb

Aug 8, 2019, 7:26 pm Reply

I worked as a bartender in the highest end celebrity hangouts in Vancouver, BC or "North Hollywood"… So I have had every crazy drink ordered and have answered every crazy question.
Now, there are classic ways of doing things which have a helluva lot to do with marketing and then there's personal preference. And personal preference beats everything else. What should you pair with your appy, dinner dessert etc? Sure, I know all the suggestions and stuff to help you with that -but what do YOU want? That matters more.
So how should you drink absinthe? Here's the only answer that matters: Any way you want!!!

Hell, you can try different combos and go nuts!! I've known people to mix absinthe with honey and soda or in with a tea.

In the end, you're the one eating and drinking and you can do as you please.


Aug 8, 2019, 12:45 am Reply

Had a few absynth drinks one day and woke up in my car not knowing where I was and how I got there. The car was perfectly park between 2 cars and a huge hangover too.


Aug 8, 2019, 10:59 pm Reply

Can I just use a fork? I don't have any special absinthe spoons.

William Trotman

Sep 9, 2019, 7:05 am Reply

Having no hallucinogens doesn’t stop absinthe from fucking you up.


Sep 9, 2019, 10:48 am Reply

You forgot to add olive oil and the sugar was still raw


Sep 9, 2019, 7:07 pm Reply

Absinthe strong?!!! ??? What a pussy!


Sep 9, 2019, 12:06 pm Reply

Be careful, this'll make you

Let´s Maultier

Sep 9, 2019, 12:09 pm Reply

In Europe Absinth is green.

RoBox Ox

Sep 9, 2019, 10:15 am Reply

Video Suggestion: Make it more elegant and lose the bad music. Something soft and smooth could do the magic. Camera work is great, sound mixing is off. You've a great voice, so use it to your advantage as well rather than speaking out of your mind. Choose your dialogues. And yes, dress up.

father flavor

Sep 9, 2019, 7:09 pm Reply

1:50 Im just gonna fill my absinthe with LSD and pretend, then

Kevin Kiker

Sep 9, 2019, 1:27 am Reply

Other cocktail you can do is a Sazerac using absinthe instead of bitters I recommend it


Sep 9, 2019, 3:59 am Reply

Idk if its just one of those drinks that are only good when done just right but I did this exact strategy and couldnt get the cold bitter taste out of my mouth for a month whenever i drank. Really gnarly stuff.

Darmadi Djufri

Sep 9, 2019, 1:51 pm Reply


Amanda Adrienne

Sep 9, 2019, 9:51 pm Reply

Watching alcohol makes me pee really bad

Amanda Adrienne

Sep 9, 2019, 9:53 pm Reply

I am going to pee everywhere!!!!!!!

Slam Jammer

Oct 10, 2019, 5:00 am Reply

not a word about how it tastes. liquorice?


Oct 10, 2019, 6:49 am Reply

Absinthe was responsible for the first time I paid for my own hotel room. I lived about two and a half miles from campus, with the bar roughly halfway; I missed the last bus and somehow decided to get on the one that took me onto campus instead.

…of course, that absinthe was green.

Big Blue

Oct 10, 2019, 9:53 pm Reply

The setting fire to it was invented by the Czechs. But as it was not actually absinthe but an absinthe flavoured vodka setting fire to it was probably a good idea.

I did know about the propaganda run by the French wine industry. In the 1860 the French wine industry was all but wiped out after a bug started laying its eggs in the vines. Time they recovered absinthe had replaced wine as the French national drink.

I also know that it never had the hallucinogenic qualities. I also know that you would need to drink enough absinthe for the alcohol in it to kill you before the other problems you mentioned to effected you.

Absinthism was the name given to the effects of drinking to much absinthe. The remarkable thing is the list of these effects matched to those of alcoholism.

Contrary to popular belief Edgar Alan Poe never drank absinthe. For one thing when he was alive it was to expensive in the US and he could never have afforded it. His tipple was cognac which was then much cheaper.

Absinthe was never banned in the UK. This was because so little of it was drunk here no one thought of it as a problem.

Leon Rowe

Oct 10, 2019, 10:44 pm Reply

Ive never worked in a bar…. ive worked in a bar. k

Squelch Otron

Oct 10, 2019, 10:32 am Reply

You look so young here, Greg.


Oct 10, 2019, 8:42 am Reply

Fresh apple juice and lemonade


Nov 11, 2019, 5:00 pm Reply

drink 85% shots before a night out and youre good (at least for 1 hour)

Harry H

Nov 11, 2019, 2:55 pm Reply

What about the laudanum?

Dennis Lee

Nov 11, 2019, 7:27 am Reply

Yikes, 2 ounces of Absinthe….thats a potent cocktail….I do 1 ounce and it is plenty….one of these will get you there…trust me I know… LOL


Nov 11, 2019, 10:50 am Reply

I wonder if this guy is a good person

La Palabra Compartida

Nov 11, 2019, 4:20 pm Reply

Yo, Greg. Could you give us the specs of your camera?

Michael Linke

Nov 11, 2019, 3:03 am Reply

3 to 4 parts water tops, in my opinion.


Dec 12, 2019, 6:44 pm Reply

your "absinth" looks brownish, so i can definitely say it's not authentic absinth. i'm from switzerland which is the (single!) origin of absinth. authentic absinth is either clear or has a slightly green colour. also, when water is added, it should become foggy/opaque. the traditional way of drinking absinthe involves (aside from the absinth) ice cold water, a sugar cube, an absinthe spoon and an absinth fontaine. the absinth spoon (a flat spoon with holes) is placed over the glass filled with a little absinth. then, the sugar cube is placed on the spoon and the whole thing is placed under the absinth fontaine which is basically an apparatus to veeeery slowly drip the ice cold water onto your sugar cube. this is done until the whole sugar is dissolved into the absinth. then you can drink it. and yeah again, absinth is NOT brown, yellow, petrol, blue, black, red or super artificial poison green. it's either clear or slightly (!) green. also, authentic absinthe is not bottled in skulls and doesn't promote it's "super high thujon content" or its weed ingredients or whatever. that's complete bull! i just googled this "st george" stuff and found out it's coming from america. so therefore i'm sorry it can't be authentic per se. authentic absinth comes from switzerland or MAYBE france but actually just switzerland. and it's NOT brown!

don't get me wrong, i like your channel, i think your videos are beautifully produced, but i also feel that you're acting like the super bar guru that does everything super authentic and rants about captain morgan drinkers and whatnot. so i feel obliged to tell you that what you are drinking in this video is probably the captain morgan of absinth. artificial colour, coming from a way wrong origin, you name it. i can imagine that authentic absinth might be hard to get in the US, but i can definitely tell you this st george mud is absolutely no substitute for the real thing.


Dec 12, 2019, 6:50 pm Reply

and for all the people who almost burned their house down while playing around with fire and absinth: obviously you cant throw the still burning sugar cube into the (undiluted) absinth because this is usually 70% so yes it will BURN. burning the sugar is not something authentic you do with absinth. but if you want, you can do it. in this case you have to extinguish the fire with ice cold water before putting the sugar into the absinthe. but honestly i find it a bit concerning that i have to explain something like this. maybe you are not old and/or intelligent enough for alcohol when these are your common problems with absinth.

Leave a Reply