There are many websites giving Absinthe recipes as well as
tutorials and help on how to distill Absinthe, the Green Fairy, or La Fee Verte, the strong alcoholic drink enjoyed by the likes of Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway.
If you’re in the United States and you just wish to distill your own Absinthe, as well as other alcohol, officially you need a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms because it is illegal to distill alcohol with no proper license.
How to Distill Absinthe from home
Recipes and guides on the Internet contain the following recipes:-
A recipe much like an 1855 Pontarlier Recipe
– Macerate 25g wormwood (organic name Artemesia Absinthium), 50g fennel and 50g anise in 950ml 85% abv inside a 2 liter flask.
– Add 450ml mineral water.
– Perform a pot still distillation, gather 950ml of distillate.
– Separate 400ml of the distillate and blend 10g of Roman Wormwood (Artemisia Pontica), 5g lemon balm, 10g hyssop and macerate at 60C.
– Filter and mix together with the remaining 550ml distillate and dilute to 74% abv to create 1 liter of Absinthe.
(Recipe from www.homedistiller.org and formerly from “Scientific American”, June 1989)
Some other recipes online contain additional herbs like sage, mint, galangal, ginger, sweet flag, licorice, aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg as well as cardamon.
Distillation is not only illegal in a few countries but it is also complex. Thankfully, you can find kits available on the web from different suppliers for you to make Absinthe at home simply and easily without making use of distillation.
Absinthe Essence Kits
AbsintheKit.com create Absinthe essences for both the Absinthe industry and then for consumers. The essences are created with top-quality essential oils and herbs and through hi-tech carbon dioxide distillation. Each and every essence is already distilled, all you have to do is mix by using a neutral alcohol base like Everclear or vodka and you then can also enjoy your own Absinthe in your own home.
The Absinthe essences can either be obtained in 20ml bottles at $3.95 ($4.95 for Strong 55) that’s enough to produce one 750ml bottle of Absinthe, or in a 280ml bottle (to produce 14 bottles of Absinthe) in a kit with artistic bottle labels and a helpful plastic measure. The kits are $29 or $39 for the Strong 55 kit.
Four forms of essence can be found – one to create a classic green Absinthe, an orange oil flavored essence, an essence to create clear Swiss style Absinthe plus a stronger essence to create an Absinthe which has a more bitter wormwood flavor. All essences consist of real wormwood as well as 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’s a guide concerning how to use the essences within the AbsintheKit.com website.
AbsintheKit.com also sell replicas of antique nineteenth century Absinthe glasses, including the Pontarlier glass, and Absinthe spoons, like the famous Eiffel Tower spoon designed to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. Utilizing the proper Absinthiana (Absinthe equipment) will really place you in the correct mood to get ready and drink your perfect Absinthe drink.