How To Distill Absinthe Properly

There are numerous websites giving Absinthe recipes and also


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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.

In case you are in the United States and you would like to distill your own personal Absinthe, or any other alcohol, officially you will need a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms because it is illegal to distill alcohol without a proper license.

How to Distill Absinthe at Home

Recipes and guides on the net include the following recipes:-

A recipe similar to an 1855 Pontarlier Recipe
– Macerate 25g wormwood (organic name Artemesia Absinthium), 50g fennel and 50g anise in 950ml 85% abv inside a 2 liter flask.
– Put 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 the remaining 550ml distillate and dilute to 74% abv to make 1 liter of Absinthe.

(Recipe from www.homedistiller.org and formerly 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 as well as cardamon.

Distillation is not just illegal in certain countries but it is also complex. Thankfully, you can find kits available online from different suppliers to enable you to make Absinthe at home simply and easily 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 also by high tech carbon dioxide distillation. Each essence is distilled, all you need to do is mix with a neutral alcohol base such as Everclear or vodka and you then can also enjoy your own Absinthe at home.

The Absinthe essences may either be obtained in 20ml bottles at $3.95 ($4.95 for Strong 55) that’s enough to make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe, or perhaps in a 280ml bottle (to create 14 bottles of Absinthe) within a kit with artistic bottle labels as well as a handy plastic measure. The kits are $29 or $39 for the Strong 55 kit.

Four varieties of essence can be obtained – one to produce a classic green Absinthe, an orange oil flavoured essence, an essence to make clear Swiss style Absinthe plus a stronger essence to produce an Absinthe having a more bitter wormwood flavor. All essences comprise real wormwood along with other traditional herbs such as aniseed and fennel. The Strong 55 offers a thujone content of 55mg per 750ml bottle of Absinthe and also the other essences give a content of 35mg.

There is a guide concerning how to utilize the essences on the AbsintheKit.com website.

AbsintheKit.com also sell replicas of antique 19th century Absinthe glasses, including the Pontarlier glass, and Absinthe spoons, like the famous Eiffel Tower spoon made to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. Using the proper Absinthiana (Absinthe equipment) will really place you in the proper mood to get ready and drink your perfect Absinthe drink.