If you enter in "Absinthe recipe" on a search engine you will find plenty of free DIY recipes and instructions to make Absinthe from home absinthe book. Some recipes I found contained ingredients just like wormwood, hyssop, calamus root, mint, cloves, fennell seeds, star anise, nutmeg, ouzo and Everclear. Now, these herbs all seem to be acceptable herbs for making Absinthe and the Everclear and Ouzo provide the homemade Absinthe its alcohol content BUT making Absinthe in your own home from herbs is not as simple as making homemade beer and is also very risky.
Common Wormwood, or Artimesia Absinthium, has long been regarded as a hallucinogen in large doses and calamus root and nutmeg are common herbs that are psychoactive and can have psychodelic effects. The alcohol along with other ingredients can have a sedative effect and the alcohol is obviously an intoxicant. Is it really safe to mix these herbs with alcohol using recipes from the web? Not likely! This kind of Green Fairy may make you feel rather ill!
It's best to buy top quality Absinthe brands like Pernod, Hapsburg, Mari Mayans and Rodniks from identified suppliers or to buy Absinthe essences online from companies like AbsintheKit.com. You can buy Absinthe, also called Absenta, with or without wormwood although a lot of people think that Absinthe is not Absinthe without wormwood, after all that's how it got its name.
Absinthe Recipe - The Practice
Once you have bought your quality Absinthe, or created a bottle from essence, you have got to learn how to prepare proper Absinthe, the Absinthe from history experienced by famous artists and writers which includes Oscar Wilde and Van Gogh.
Pour about 25-50ml of Absinthe to the glass.Position the cube of sugar onto the spoon and rest over the glass.
Slowly pour or drip the cold water above the sugar and into the Absinthe.
Enjoy La Louche - the essential oils of the herbs in the Absinthe are not water soluble therefore louche or cloud and make the drink milky. It's great to view.
You can get antique Absinthiana which includes spoons, glasses and Absinthe fountains or you can buy cheaper replicas. These will give your Absinthe preparation and drinking true style. An Absinthe fountain lets you control the dripping of the water to give you an excellent louche effect.
There are lots of cocktail drinks you can make with Absinthe, like Ernest Hemingway's favorite "Death in the Afternoon" which is a mix of Absinthe and champagne.
Avoid any Absinthe Recipe for homemade Absinthe and purchase safe products in which the quantities of thujone and psychoactive herbs are handled and measured.