A Variety Of Absinthe Recipes

The history of Absinthe is very interesting. A French doctor prepared Absinthe as an elixir for his patients in the town of Couvet, in Switzerland, in the late 18th century. By 1805 the Absinthe recipes had got into the hands of Henri-Louis Pernod who started distilling it in his factory in Pontarlier in France.

Original Absinthe Recipes

Pernod’s Absinthe, Original Pernod Fils, was distilled from wine and contained many natural herbs and essential oils from plants including grande wormwood, aniseed, melissa, fennel, lemon balm, dittany, angelica root, hyssop, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.

Different manufacturers of the Green Fairy (Absinthe’s nickname) used different recipes and ingredients. Calamus root, mint, cloves, nutmeg, roman wormwood, anise seed, coriander, sweet flag and licorice are different herbs used in Absinthe production. The herb wormwood, Artimesia Absinthium was the basic ingredient of pre-ban Absinthe which gave Absinthe it’s characteristic bitter flavor and name.

The THC in the drug cannabis and thujone in wormwood was thought to be similar. One can have psychedelic effects due to large quantity of thujone intake. Anise seed and fennel seed both contain anethole which is said to be psychoactive and Angelica root is grown as a drug in Lapland. Some artists and writers like Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde believed that they got their genius and inspiration from Absinthe! “A clear headed drunkenness” is the description on the way of being drunk on Absinthe.

Absinthe was claimed to be dangerous for the society so it was illegalized in France in 1915. There is no harm in drinking Absinthe. Absinthe is mainly alcohol and only contains minute quantities of wormwood and the other herbs so there is no danger to health from it.

Homemade Absinthe Recipes

There are many Absinthe recipes on the Internet using different herbs and different methods – steeping, filtering etc. It is not recommended to make Absinthe at home from plants, dried herbs or essential oils. Why?
– It is necessary to distill Absinthe.
– The thujone content cannot be known of consumed Absinthe.

It is far better to buy either a quality Absinthe, making sure that it’s got the vital ingredient wormwood, or to buy an Absinthe kit which consists of Absinthe essences that have already been distilled.

Breaux’s label “Lucid” is legal in the USA.

AbsintheKit.com does great Absinthe kits which consist of:-

– Absinthe essence – choose from classic, white (which makes clear Swiss style Absinthe, Strong 55 (with a 55mg thujone content) and Orange (flavored with orange oil).
-Take a measure.
– Artistic Labels are important to decorate Absinthe bottles.

14 bottles of Absinthe can be made from a bottle of essence!

To make Absinthe using these kits one has to make solution of 20ml of the Absinthe essence and a neutral alcohol like Everclear or vodka to get own bottle of Green Fairy.

A person is sure about getting a safe, top-quality product as these essences are similar to the ones sold to distilleries.

One can get a large number of online cocktail Absinthe recipes. There is fun in searching and mixing the cocktails.