There are various websites giving Absinthe recipes and also
tutorials and help regarding 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 wish to distill your own personal Absinthe, or some other alcohol, officially you will 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 from home
Recipes and guides on the net contain the subsequent 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 within a 2 liter flask.
– Add 450ml mineral water.
– Execute a pot still distillation, collect 950ml of distillate.
– Separate 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 all the remaining 550ml distillate and dilute to 74% abv to make 1 liter of Absinthe.
(Recipe from www.homedistiller.org and originally from “Scientific American”, June 1989)
Various other recipes online consist of additional herbs such as 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 complex. Thankfully, you will find kits available on the internet from different suppliers for you to make Absinthe in your own home simply and easily without resorting to distillation.
Absinthe Essence Packages
AbsintheKit.com create Absinthe essences for both the Absinthe industry as well as 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 with a neutral alcohol base such as Everclear or vodka and you can enjoy your very own Absinthe in your own home.
The Absinthe essences can either be bought in 20ml bottles at $3.95 ($4.95 for Strong 55) that is enough to produce one 750ml bottle of Absinthe, or perhaps in a 280ml bottle (to produce 14 bottles of Absinthe) within a kit with artistic bottle labels plus 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 as well as a stronger essence to make an Absinthe with a more bitter wormwood flavor. All essences consist of real wormwood as well as other traditional herbs which include aniseed and fennel. The Strong 55 provides a thujone content of 55mg per 750ml bottle of Absinthe and also the other essences give a content of 35mg.
There’s a guide regarding how to utilize the essences on the AbsintheKit.com website.
AbsintheKit.com also sell replicas of antique nineteenth century Absinthe glasses, including the Pontarlier glass, and Absinthe spoons, like the famous Eiffel Tower spoon designed to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. While using proper Absinthiana (Absinthe equipment) will really put you in the right mood to get ready and drink your ideal Absinthe drink.