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what makes absinthe change colour?

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Topic created by Fergus
on Sun, 31 Aug 2008 at 09:52

Fergus said on Sun, 31 Aug 2008 at 09:52...

Hi there, nice site! I know that when water is mixed with absinthe it goes white....simple question is why? it also happens with Pernod. just curious

Old Nick said on Fri, 5 Sep 2008 at 11:27...

Anise! Anise is a traditional ingedient in absinthe and the reason why it goes white when you add icey water. In French this transformation was called the "louche" and it is part of the absinthe drinking ritual. The absinthe fountain, absinthe dripper etc were invented to allow a slow stream of water to drop into the green alcohol. Pernod also has anise (but not grande wormwood) and that is why it also goes white. Another example is Ouzo from greece. Licorice flavour :-)

:-) said on Sun, 5 Oct 2008 at 06:42...

Absinthe will go amber color ( like a plant leaf) if exposed to sunlight

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