Thread: Hookah and Arak
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Old October 25th, 2008, 11:03 PM
Hajo Flettner
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Default Re: Hookah and Arak

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Originally Posted by Kalkail View Post
Well a lot of American Absinthe does use wormwood but at tragically low ratios. If you take a small amount of wormwood and steep it for 10 days you can give a respectable amount of characteristic bitter to any lightweight Absinthe without the psychoactive properties of course.
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Originally Posted by Kalkail View Post
Well a lot of American Absinthe does use wormwood but at tragically low ratios. If you take a small amount of wormwood and steep it for 10 days you can give a respectable amount of characteristic bitter to any lightweight Absinthe without the psychoactive properties of course.
The whole time I lived in the states I never once found a decent Absinthe which is not surprising since it's very much an art that is largely lost and one that was never particularly strong in the states. As to wormwood it is a stimulant as well as bitering agent and gives it a green hue as well. The amount of wormwood used varies quite a bit by region so low levels don't make the drink necessarily bad. What America does produce of note are Spruce, bran and Maple which are quite delightful.

Mattathayde, lead consumption has a wide variety of health problems but psychotropic effects are not among them. People used to assume that thujone (a chemical present Wormwood) was responsible but that notion is passe. Honestly I think that the bizarre stories attributed to Absinthe consumption have more to do with drunkenness then the drink itself.
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