There are lots of websites giving Absinthe recipes as well as
tutorials and help regarding how to distill Absinthe, the Green Fairy, or La Fee Verte, the strong alcoholic beverage enjoyed by the likes of Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway.
If you’re in the United States and you would like to distill your own personal Absinthe, as well as other alcohol, officially you will need a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms because it’s illegal to distill alcohol with no proper license.
How to Distill Absinthe from home
Recipes and guides on the net consist of the following recipes:-
A recipe similar to an 1855 Pontarlier Recipe
– Macerate 25g wormwood (botanical name Artemesia Absinthium), 50g fennel and 50g anise in 950ml 85% abv inside a 2 liter flask.
– Add 450ml distilled water.
– Execute a pot still distillation, accumulate 950ml of distillate.
– Split 400ml of the distillate and mix in 10g of Roman Wormwood (Artemisia Pontica), 5g lemon balm, 10g hyssop and macerate at 60C.
– Filter and mix with the remaining 550ml distillate and dilute to 74% abv to make 1 liter of Absinthe.
(Recipe from www.homedistiller.org and initially from “Scientific American”, June 1989)
Other recipes online include additional herbs such as sage, mint, galangal, ginger, sweet flag, licorice, aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg and also cardamon.
Distillation is not just illegal in some countries but it is also difficult. Thankfully, you can find kits available on the web from different suppliers to enable you to make Absinthe from home simply and conveniently without resorting to distillation.
Absinthe Essence Products
AbsintheKit.com develop Absinthe essences for the Absinthe industry and for consumers. The essences are manufactured with top-quality essential oils and herbs and also by hi-tech carbon dioxide distillation. Each and every essence is already distilled, all you need to do is mix using a neutral alcohol base like Everclear or vodka and then you can enjoy your very own Absinthe at home.
The Absinthe essences can either be bought in 20ml bottles at $3.95 ($4.95 for Strong 55) that’s enough to produce one 750ml bottle of Absinthe, or perhaps in a 280ml bottle (to create 14 bottles of Absinthe) within a kit with artistic bottle labels and a handy plastic measure. The kits are $29 or $39 for the Strong 55 kit.
Four forms of essence can be obtained – one to make a classic green Absinthe, an orange oil flavored essence, an essence to make clear Swiss style Absinthe along with a stronger essence to produce an Absinthe with a more bitter wormwood flavor. All essences comprise real wormwood and other traditional herbs just like aniseed and fennel. The Strong 55 offers a thujone content of 55mg per 750ml bottle of Absinthe as well as the other essences offer a content of 35mg.
There exists a guide regarding how to utilize the essences within the AbsintheKit.com website.
AbsintheKit.com furthermore sell replicas of antique 19th century Absinthe glasses, including the Pontarlier glass, and Absinthe spoons, like the famous Eiffel Tower spoon created to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. Utilizing the proper Absinthiana (Absinthe equipment) will truly put you in the proper mood to get ready and drink your ideal Absinthe drink.