Pernod’s Absinthe, Original Pernod Fils, was initially distilled from wine and was comprised of quite a few
natural herbs and essential oils from plants including grande wormwood, aniseed, melissa, fennel, lemon balm, dittany, angelica root, hyssop, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.
Various manufacturers of the Green Fairy (Absinthe’s nickname) utilized various recipes and ingredients. Other herbs employed in Absinthe production included calamus root, mint, cloves, nutmeg, roman wormwood, anise seed, coriander, sweet flag and licorice. The herb wormwood, Artimesia Absinthium, was always utilised in the creation of pre-ban Absinthe as it was the ingredient that gave Absinthe its characteristic bitter taste, as well as its name.
Wormwood has the chemical thujone that was believed to be just like THC in the drug cannabis. Thujone is psychoactive and can cause psychedelic effects when taken in large quantities. Anise seed and fennel seed both contain anethole that’s said to be psychoactive and Angelica root is grown as a drug in Lapland. Absinthe is a strange mix of sedatives and stimulants, no wonder that artists and writers such as Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde professed that it gave them their genius and inspiration! “A clear headed drunkenness” is how being drunk on Absinthe has long been described.
Absinthe was famously banned in France in 1915 when Prohibitionists claimed that it would ruin the land and send everyone insane. However, studies show that drinking Absinthe is simply as safe as drinking many of the other strong alcoholic drinks such as whisky and vodka. Absinthe is mainly alcohol and simply contains tiny quantities of wormwood and also the other herbs so, if consumed moderately, isn’t real health risk.
Homemade Absinthe Recipes
There are numerous Absinthe recipes on the web using different herbs and different methods – steeping, filtering etc. but making Absinthe at home from plants, dried herbs or essential oils is not to be encouraged. Why?
– Absinthe has to be distilled.
– You’ve got no means of learning the thujone content of your finished Absinthe – a lttle bit risky.
It is far better to buy either a good quality Absinthe, making sure that it has the vital ingredient wormwood, or to buy an Absinthe kit which comprises of Absinthe essences which have already been distilled.
It’s also possible to buy Absinthe in America now – Breaux’s label “Lucid” is legal in the USA.
AbsintheKit.com does fantastic Absinthe kits which contain:-
– Absinthe essence – select from classic, white (helping to make clear Swiss style Absinthe, Strong 55 (with a 55mg thujone content) and Orange (flavoured with orange oil).
– A measure.
– Artistic Labels to decorate your Absinthe bottles.
One bottle of essence could make 14 bottles of Absinthe!
To create Absinthe by using these kits you just mix 20ml of the Absinthe essence with a neutral alcohol such as Everclear or vodka and that is it – finished, your won bottle of Green Fairy.
Quick and easy to use and, because these essences are the very same as the ones sold to distilleries, you know that you’re getting a good, top-quality product.
In the event you search online there are lots of cocktail Absinthe recipes just like Ernest Hemingway’s famous “Death in the Afternoon” – Absinthe and champagne. Take pleasure in