Pernod’s Absinthe, Original Pernod Fils, was initially distilled from wine and contained 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) utilized different recipes and ingredients. Other herbs utilized in Absinthe production included calamus root, mint, cloves, nutmeg, roman wormwood, anise seed, coriander, sweet flag and licorice. The herb wormwood, Artimesia Absinthium, was always utilised in the creation of pre-ban Absinthe since it was the substance that gave Absinthe its characteristic bitter taste, along with its name.
Wormwood has the chemical thujone which had been considered to be just like THC in the drug cannabis. Thujone is psychoactive and can easily cause psychedelic effects when taken in large quantities. Anise seed and fennel seed both contain anethole that’s said to be psychoactive and Angelica root is grown as a drug in Lapland. Absinthe is a mysterious mixture of sedatives and stimulants, no surprise that artists and writers just like Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde reported that it presented them their genius and determination! “A clear headed drunkenness” is how being drunk on Absinthe has been described.
Absinthe was famously suspended in France in 1915 when Prohibitionists claimed that it would ruin the nation and send everyone insane. However, research has shown that drinking Absinthe can be just as safe as drinking any of the other strong alcoholic drinks such as whisky and vodka. Absinthe is primarily alcohol and simply contains small quantities of wormwood and also the other herbs so, if consumed in moderation, is no real hazard to health.
Self-made Absinthe Recipes
There are several Absinthe recipes on the web using different herbs as well as other methods – steeping, filtering etc. but making Absinthe from home from plants, dried herbs or essential oils is not to be recommended. Why?
– Absinthe has to be distilled.
– You have no means of learning the thujone content of your accomplished Absinthe – a bit risky.
It truly is much better to buy either a quality Absinthe, ensuring that it has got the vital ingredient wormwood, or to buy an Absinthe kit which comprises of Absinthe essences that have been distilled.
You may even buy Absinthe in America now – Breaux’s label “Lucid” is legal in the USA.
AbsintheKit.com does excellent Absinthe kits which contain:-
– Absinthe essence – choose from classic, white (that makes clear Swiss style Absinthe, Strong 55 (with a 55mg thujone content) and Orange (flavoured with orange oil).
– A measure.
– Artistic Labels to brighten your Absinthe bottles.
One bottle of essence could make 14 bottles of Absinthe!
To create Absinthe by using these kits you simply mix 20ml of the Absinthe essence using a neutral alcohol such as Everclear or vodka and that is exactly it – finished, your won bottle of Green Fairy.
Simple and easy to work with and, since these essences are the very same as the ones sold to distilleries, you are aware that you are getting a secure, top-quality product.
Should you search on the internet there are lots of cocktail Absinthe recipes like Ernest Hemingway’s famous “Death in the Afternoon” – Absinthe and champagne. Take pleasure in