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 want to distill your individual Absinthe, or some other alcohol, officially you'll need a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms because it's illegal to distill alcohol with no proper license.
How to Distill Absinthe at Home
Recipes and guides on the net consist of 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 in a 2 liter flask.
- Put 450ml distilled water.
- Execute a pot still distillation, accumulate 950ml of distillate.
- Split 400ml of the distillate and mix in 10g of Roman Wormwood (Artemisia Pontica), 5g lemon balm, 10g hyssop and macerate at 60C.
- Filter and mix with the leftover 550ml distillate and dilute to 74% abv to produce 1 liter of Absinthe.
(Recipe from www.homedistiller.org and originally from "Scientific American", June 1989)
Additional recipes on the internet contain additional herbs just like sage, mint, galangal, ginger, sweet flag, licorice, aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon.
Distillation is not just illegal in a few countries but it is also complicated. Thankfully, you can find kits available on the internet from different suppliers to enable you to make Absinthe in your own home simply and without difficulty without making use of distillation.
Absinthe Essence Kits
AbsintheKit.com create Absinthe essences for the Absinthe industry as well as for consumers. The essences are made with top-quality essential oils and herbs and by high tech carbon dioxide distillation. Each essence is already distilled, all you need to do is mix by using a neutral alcohol base like Everclear or vodka and you then can also enjoy your own Absinthe from home.
The Absinthe essences may either be purchased in 20ml bottles at $3.95 ($4.95 for Strong 55) that's enough to create one 750ml bottle of Absinthe, or in a 280ml bottle (to make 14 bottles of Absinthe) inside a kit with artistic bottle labels plus a handy plastic measure. The kits are $29 or $39 for the Strong 55 kit.
Four kinds of essence can be obtained - one to make a classic green Absinthe, an orange oil flavoured essence, an essence to create clear Swiss style Absinthe and a stronger essence to make an Absinthe having a more bitter wormwood flavor. All essences contain real wormwood as well as other traditional herbs such as aniseed and fennel. The Strong 55 offers a thujone content of 55mg per 750ml bottle of Absinthe as well as the other essences give a content of 35mg.
There is a guide regarding how to make use of the essences within the AbsintheKit.com website.
AbsintheKit.com additionally sell replicas of antique 19th century Absinthe glasses, just like the Pontarlier glass, and Absinthe spoons, including the famous Eiffel Tower spoon created to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. While using proper Absinthiana (Absinthe equipment) will definitely place you in the correct mood to get ready and drink your ideal Absinthe drink.