Absinthe is now once again a popular alcoholic drink, thanks to its legalization in the USA and other countries after many decades of being illegal. Various young people are tasting it for the first time and knocking it back without reviewing it’s alcohol content. Description of Absinthe proof?

One can prepare Absinthe from distilling alcohol and mixing herbs along with wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel. Absinthe is also famous as the Green Fairy, La Fee Verte because of having the characteristic emerald green coloring of classic verte styles.

One has to dilute Absinthe with iced water according to the Ritual. There is a louche effect when water is dripped over a sugar lump on a slotted spoon and into the Absinthe.

Absinthe was unauthorized not because of it’s high alcohol content but because of the wormwood in it. Dr Valentin Magnan tested worwmood on guinea pigs in 1845 and found that a guinea pig given wormwood oilhad convulsions, whereas, a guinea pig given alcohol just got drunk. By 1872 Magnan tested thujone on dogs and claimed that it was far more dangerous than ethanol (alcohol) , so Absinthe was much more harmful than other types of spirits. He and others in the medical profession were influenced that psychedelic effects were caused by thujone. Therefore many countries illegalled Absinthe.

Due to similarities in the structures of a thujone molecule and THC from the drug cannabis they acted in a same manner.

There is no truths in all these claims. Thujone is not like THC, although it does act on the GABA receptors of the brain, when taken in large amounts. After testing Absinthes it has been proved that the quantity of thujone in it is very small to be harmful. To be effected with thujone one has to consume vast amounts of Absinthe!

Although Absinthe will not cause us to hallucinate or convulse, it is a highly alcoholic drink which needs to be consumed with care because it will get you drunk quite quickly.

Details of Absinthe proof?

Let’s see what the proof of well-known brands of Absinthe is:-

Jade Nouvelle Orleans 68% abv (136 proof)

Jade Verte Suisse contains 65% abv (130 proof)

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

Jade PF 1901 is available with 68% abv (136 proof)

Roquette 1797 75% abv (150 proof)

Doubs Mystique Carte D’Or contains 65% abv (130 proof)

The abv in Kubler 53 is 53%

There is 68% abv (136 proof) in La Fee Parisian

One can get 70% abv (140 proof) in La Fee Bohemian

La Fee XS Absinthe Francaise is available with 68% abv (136 proof)

The abv in La Fee XS Absinthe Suisse is 53% (106 proof)

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

The abv in Pernod Absinthe is 68% (136 proof)

Pere Kermanns is available with 60% abv (120 proof)

Sebor contains 55% abv (110 proof)

La Clandestine Absinthe is available with 53% abv (106 proof)

Lucid Absinthe 62% abv (124 proof)

If we compare that to other alcoholic beverages we can see that Absinthe is very strong:-

Everclear 95% abv (190 proof)

One can find 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof) in Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky

Table Wine 9-12% alcohol by volume (18-24 proof)

There is 4 or 5% alcohol by volume (8-10 proof) in beer

Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila contains 38% abv (76 proof)

Absolut Blue Vodka 40% abv (80 proof)

If you make homemade Absintheusing essences from AbsintheKit.The homemade Absinthe’s proof is according to the type of neutral alcohol that is being used.

Knowledge of Absinthe proof? Very high is the answer!