Original Absinthe Recipes

Pernod’s Absinthe, Original Pernod Fils, was initially distilled from wine and contained quite a few


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natural herbs and essential oils from plants including grande wormwood, aniseed, melissa, fennel, lemon balm, dittany, angelica root, hyssop, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.

Several manufacturers of the Green Fairy (Absinthe’s nickname) utilized distinct recipes and ingredients. Other herbs used 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 as it was the ingredient that gave Absinthe its typical bitter taste, as well as its name.

Wormwood has got the chemical thujone that was believed to be just like THC in the drug cannabis. Thujone is psychoactive and can cause psychedelic effects when consumed in big amounts. Anise seed and fennel seed both contain anethole which is said to be psychoactive and Angelica root is grown as a drug in Lapland. Absinthe is a mystical combination of sedatives and stimulants, no surprise that artists and writers like Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde claimed that it gave them their genius and inspiration! “A clear headed drunkenness” is how being drunk on Absinthe have been identified.

Absinthe was notoriously banned in France in 1915 when Prohibitionists claimed that it was going to ruin the nation and send everyone insane. However, research has shown that drinking Absinthe is simply as safe as drinking any of the other strong alcoholic drinks just like whisky and vodka. Absinthe is primarily alcohol and just contains tiny amounts of wormwood and also the other herbs so, if consumed in moderation, isn’t real health risk.

Home made Absinthe Recipes

There are lots of Absinthe recipes on the web using different herbs and different methods – steeping, filtering etc. but making Absinthe in your own home from plants, dried herbs or essential oils isn’t to be recommended. Why?
– Absinthe must be distilled.
– You don’t have any manner of learning the thujone content of your completed Absinthe – a lttle bit risky.

It’s advisable to buy either a high quality Absinthe, ensuring that it has the vital ingredient wormwood, or to buy an Absinthe kit which consists of Absinthe essences which have been distilled.

It’s also possible to buy Absinthe in the USA now – Breaux’s label “Lucid” is legal in the USA.

AbsintheKit.com does excellent Absinthe kits which contain:-

– Absinthe essence – pick from classic, white (which makes clear Swiss style Absinthe, Strong 55 (with a 55mg thujone content) and Orange (flavoured with orange oil).
– A measure.
– Artistic Labels to embellish your Absinthe bottles.

One bottle of essence will make 14 bottles of Absinthe!

To produce Absinthe making use of these kits you merely mix 20ml of the Absinthe essence using a neutral alcohol like Everclear or vodka and that is it – finished, your won bottle of Green Fairy.

Simple and easy to make use of and, since these essences are the exact same as the ones sold to distilleries, you know that you’re getting a good, top-quality product.

If you search online you will find lots of cocktail Absinthe recipes such as Ernest Hemingway’s famous “Death in the Afternoon” – Absinthe and champagne. Get pleasure from