There are many websites giving Absinthe recipes and even
tutorials and help concerning 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 are in the United States and you simply want to distill your own personal Absinthe, or some other alcohol, officially you need a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms since it is illegal to distill alcohol without having a proper license.
How to Distill Absinthe in your own home
Recipes and guides on the Internet consist of the following recipes:-
A recipe much like an 1855 Pontarlier Recipe
– Macerate 25g wormwood (botanical name Artemesia Absinthium), 50g fennel and 50g anise in 950ml 85% abv in a 2 liter flask.
– Add 450ml mineral water.
– Do a pot still distillation, accumulate 950ml of distillate.
– Split 400ml of the distillate and blend 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)
Some other recipes on the internet include additional herbs just like sage, mint, galangal, ginger, sweet flag, licorice, aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon.
Distillation isn’t just illegal in certain countries but it is also complicated. Thankfully, you will find kits available online from different suppliers for you to make Absinthe from home simply and conveniently without the need for distillation.
Absinthe Essence Kits
AbsintheKit.com develop Absinthe essences for the Absinthe industry and then for consumers. The essences are manufactured with top-quality essential oils and herbs and by advanced carbon dioxide distillation. Each and every essence has already been distilled, all you need to do is mix by using a neutral alcohol base just like Everclear or vodka and you can enjoy your own Absinthe in your own home.
The Absinthe essences may either be purchased in 20ml bottles at $3.95 ($4.95 for Strong 55) that is enough to make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe, or perhaps in a 280ml bottle (to make 14 bottles of Absinthe) within a kit with artistic bottle labels and a useful plastic measure. The kits are $29 or $39 for the Strong 55 kit.
Four varieties of essence can be found – one to produce a classic green Absinthe, an orange oil flavored essence, an essence to make clear Swiss style Absinthe plus a stronger essence to make an Absinthe having a more bitter wormwood flavor. All essences comprise 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 and also the other essences provide 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, such as the Pontarlier glass, and Absinthe spoons, such as the famous Eiffel Tower spoon designed to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. Using the proper Absinthiana (Absinthe equipment) will truly put you in the proper mood to get ready and drink your ideal Absinthe drink.