Pernod’s Absinthe, Original Pernod Fils, had been distilled from wine and was comprised of several
natural herbs and essential oils from plants like 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) made use of distinct recipes and ingredients. Other herbs utilized in Absinthe production involved calamus root, mint, cloves, nutmeg, roman wormwood, anise seed, coriander, sweet flag and licorice. The herb wormwood, Artimesia Absinthium, was always utilized in the creation of pre-ban Absinthe since it was the ingredient that gave Absinthe its typical bitter taste, as well as its name.
Wormwood has the chemical thujone which was thought to be similar to THC in the drug cannabis. Thujone is psychoactive and can easily cause psychedelic effects when used in large quantities. Anise seed and fennel seed both contain anethole that’s said to be psychoactive and Angelica root is grown as being a drug in Lapland. Absinthe is a mystical combination of sedatives and stimulants, obvious why artists and writers such as Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde claimed that it presented them their genius and creativity! “A clear headed drunkenness” is how being drunk on Absinthe has long been referred to.
Absinthe was famously forbidden in France in 1915 when Prohibitionists claimed that it would definitely ruin the nation and send everyone insane. However, research indicates that drinking Absinthe can be just as safe as drinking any of the other strong alcoholic drinks just like whisky and vodka. Absinthe is mainly alcohol and only contains minute quantities of wormwood and the other herbs so, if consumed sparingly, isn’t real health risk.
Self-made Absinthe Recipes
There are many Absinthe recipes on the net using different herbs and different methods – steeping, filtering etc. but making Absinthe in your own home from plants, dried herbs or essential oils just isn’t to be recommended. Why?
– Absinthe should be distilled.
– You’ve got no means of knowing the thujone content of your completed Absinthe – somewhat risky.
It truly is best to buy either a top quality Absinthe, being sure that it has the vital ingredient wormwood, or to buy an Absinthe kit which is made up of Absinthe essences that have previously been distilled.
You may even buy Absinthe in the United States now – Breaux’s label “Lucid” is legal in the USA.
AbsintheKit.com does excellent Absinthe kits which contain:-
– Absinthe essence – select from classic, white (that makes clear Swiss style Absinthe, Strong 55 (with a 55mg thujone content) and Orange (flavored with orange oil).
– A measure.
– Artistic Labels to embellish your Absinthe bottles.
One bottle of essence can make 14 bottles of Absinthe!
To create Absinthe with these kits you merely mix 20ml of the Absinthe essence using a neutral alcohol just like Everclear or vodka and that’s it – finished, your won bottle of Green Fairy.
Easy and simple to work with and, as these essences are the exact same as the ones sold to distilleries, you know that you are receiving a good, top-quality product.
In the event you search online you will find lots of cocktail Absinthe recipes just like Ernest Hemingway’s famous “Death in the Afternoon” – Absinthe and champagne. Enjoy