There are many websites giving Absinthe recipes and also
tutorials and help concerning how to distill Absinthe, the Green Fairy, or La Fee Verte, the strong alcoholic drink enjoyed by the likes of Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway.
In case you are in the United States and you simply want to distill your own Absinthe, or any other alcohol, officially you need a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms because it is illegal to distill alcohol without a proper license.
How to Distill Absinthe at Home
Recipes and guides on the Internet contain the following recipes:-
A recipe similar to an 1855 Pontarlier Recipe
– Macerate 25g wormwood (botanical name Artemesia Absinthium), 50g fennel and 50g anise in 950ml 85% abv inside a 2 liter flask.
– Add 450ml mineral water.
– Execute a pot still distillation, gather 950ml of distillate.
– Separate 400ml of the distillate and blend 10g of Roman Wormwood (Artemisia Pontica), 5g lemon balm, 10g hyssop and macerate at 60C.
– Filter and mix with all the remaining 550ml distillate and dilute to 74% abv to create 1 liter of Absinthe.
(Recipe from www.homedistiller.org and originally from “Scientific American”, June 1989)
Some other recipes on the internet consist of additional herbs like sage, mint, galangal, ginger, sweet flag, licorice, aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon.
Distillation is not only illegal in some countries but it’s also complex. Thankfully, you will find kits available online from different suppliers to help you make Absinthe at home simply and without difficulty without resorting to distillation.
Absinthe Essence Products
AbsintheKit.com create Absinthe essences for both the Absinthe industry as well as for consumers. The essences are made with top-quality essential oils and herbs and by high tech carbon dioxide distillation. Each essence has already been distilled, all you have to do is mix with a neutral alcohol base like Everclear or vodka and you then can also enjoy your own Absinthe in your own home.
The Absinthe essences can either be bought in 20ml bottles at $3.95 ($4.95 for Strong 55) that’s enough to create one 750ml bottle of Absinthe, or even in a 280ml bottle (to create 14 bottles of Absinthe) within a kit with artistic bottle labels as well as a helpful plastic measure. The kits are $29 or $39 for the Strong 55 kit.
Four types of essence are available – one to create a classic green Absinthe, an orange oil flavoured essence, an essence to produce clear Swiss style Absinthe plus a stronger essence to make an Absinthe with a more bitter wormwood flavor. All essences contain real wormwood as well as other traditional herbs like aniseed and fennel. The Strong 55 gives a thujone content of 55mg per 750ml bottle of Absinthe and also the other essences offer a content of 35mg.
There exists a guide regarding how to utilize the essences on the AbsintheKit.com website.
AbsintheKit.com additionally sell replicas of antique 19th century Absinthe glasses, including the Pontarlier glass, and Absinthe spoons, including the famous Eiffel Tower spoon created to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. Using the proper Absinthiana (Absinthe equipment) will really place you in the right mood to get ready and drink your ideal Absinthe drink.