There has been much controversy regarding the thujone levels in Absinthe and whether Absinthe can really make you hallucinate but what about its alcohol content – How much alcohol is in Absinthe?

All commercial alcoholic drinks are labeled to show their alcohol content which makes easy for people to decide about the drink and also the quantity of intaking them.

To measure the alcohol content one will require a hydrometer. One can get a hydrometer with a thermometer attached to it. The hydrometer floats upright in the liquid. The water line will be at the level marked 1 after putting it in water.One can see increase in the level of water when it is put in sugared water. The float moves lower when the hydrometer is put in fermenting alcohol. One has to calculate the original gravity and then the final gravity of alcohol.

One can detect the volume of alcohol by the following formula

Original gravity – Final gravity x 131 = Alcohol by volume.

The EU and the United States use label for the alcohol by volume content of drinks while a few countries go on proof. Proof is approximately twice alcohol by volume.

Different brands of Absinthe have different alcohol contents. Look at the following statistics:-

Lucid Absinthe 62% abv (124 proof)

La Clandestine Absinthe is available with 53% abv

According to the studies Sebor contains 55% abv

The alcohol content is 60% in Pere Kermanns

Pernod Absinthe contains 68% abv of alcohol

Mari Mayans Collectors 70 contains 70% abv (140 proof) of alcohol

Suggestions For La Fee XS Absinthe Suisse 53% abv (106 proof)

The alcohol content is found to be 68% abv (136 proof) in La Fee XS Absinthe Francaise

La Fee Bohemian 70% abv (140 proof)

The alcohol content is 68% abv in La Fee Parisian

One can get 53% abv (106 proof) of alcohol content in Kubler 53

The alcohol content in Doubs Mystique Carte D’Or is 65% abv

It is proved that Roquette 1797 contains 75% abv of alcohol

Jade PF 1901 68% abv (136 proof)

Jade Edouard is available with 72% abv (144 proof) alcohol content

Jade Verte Suisse 65% abv (130 proof)

Jade Nouvelle Orleans 68% abv (136 proof)

As you can see Absinthe can range from 53% abv to 75% abv, quite a difference. Now, let’s compare those levels to other alcoholic drinks:-

Absolut Blue Vodka 40% abv (80 proof)

Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila 38% abv (76 proof)

Beer can have 4 or 5% alcohol by volume.

There is 9-12% alcohol by volume in Table Wine.

Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky is available with 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof).

Everclear 95% abv (190 proof)

No other alcoholic drink seems to come close to Absinthe!

The alcohol content can also vary in homemade Absinthes. One person might mix an Absinthe essence from AbsintheKit.A person can see a great difference in the alcohol content of Absolut vodka and the Everclear.

Absinthe was banned in the 1900s because of claims that thujone, the chemical in wormwood, was like THC in the drug cannabis and that it was psychoactive and caused psychedelic effects. We now know that claims that Absinthe is an hallucinogen are completely false but we do need to remember that any liquor can be harmful to our health if we consume too much. As people in Memphis have understood this so Memphis was the city that drank the least alcohol in the USA in the year 2006.

However alcohol is not harmful when drunk in moderation but it is necessary to have know about alcohol content in Absinthe and other alcoholic drinks.