What Percentage is Absinthe?

Absinthe is an anise flavor liquor which is made by distilling alcohol with herbs one of which is wormwood and aniseed. We know it is strong and can get you drunk easily, but what percentage by volume of alcohol is Absinthe and what is its proof?

Let’s look at the alcohol by volume levels of popular brands of Absinthe:-

La Fee XS Absinthe Francaise 68% abv (136 proof)
Doubs Mystique Carte D’Or 65% abv is 130 proof
La Clandestine Absinthe 53% abv or 106 proof
Jade Edouard is 72% alcohol by volume or 144 proof
Sebor 55% abv (110 proof)
Jade Nouvelle Orleans 68% alcohol by volume is 136 proof
Mari Mayans Collectors 70 is 70% alcohol by volume (140 proof)
La Fee Parisian 68% alcohol by volume (136 proof)
Lucid Absinthe 62% abv (124 proof)
Jade Verte Suisse 65% alcohol by volume which is 130 proof
Pernod Absinthe 68% abv (136 proof)
Kuber 53 is 53% abv or 106 proof
Pere Kermanns 60% alcohol by volume or 120 proof
Jade PF 1901 68% abv is 136 proof
La Fee XS Absinthe Suisse is approximately 53% alcohol by volume or 106 proof
Roquette 1797 75% abv (150 proof)
La Fee Bohemian 70% abv which is 140 proof

Let’s compare Absinthe to other beverages:-

Whisky such as Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof)
Absinthe can be 75% alcohol by volume and up to 150 proof
Table Wine 9-12% alcohol by volume (18-24 proof)
Beer is about 4 or 5% alcohol by volume (8-10 proof)

Now, the alcohol-information.comwebsite shows that 1 shot of Everclear (190 proof) is equivalent to two drinks.85 beers and about 3 brandies. With this information we establish that 1 shot of Absinthe is equivalent to 2.25 beers. So, the 22 shots of Absinthe is equivalent to forty-nine.5 cans of beer!

As you can see, Absinthe is much stronger than wine and beer and even stronger than whisky. We therefore need to be careful when consuming Absinthe, not because it will make us have hallucinations, but because it is so strong and will intoxicate quickly. We need to take particular care when mixing Absinthe with other alcoholic drinks in cocktails.

Care always needs to be taken when making your own Absinthe drink. If you buy an Absinthe kit from Green Devil then you are steeping herbs in a neutral alcohol such as vodka or Everclear. Everclear has an abv of 95% and a proof of 190 so it is much stronger than commercial Absinthe. The absinthekit has absinthe essences.some have been mixed with a neutral alcohol such as Everclear or vodka. Your finished Absinthe will be whatever the proof or abv of the neutral alcohol you used.

What percentage is in Absinthe? For commercial Absinthe just look on the bottle label or if ordering online, look at the product details for abv or proof. If you are making your own Absinthe from a kit, you need to look at the bottle of Everclear or vodka that you are using.