In the event you type in “Absinthe recipe” on a google search you’ll finda great deal of free DIY recipes and instructions to produce Absinthe from home. Some recipes I stumbled upon contained ingredients like wormwood, hyssop, calamus root, mint, cloves, fennell seeds, star anise, nutmeg, ouzo and Everclear. Now, these herbs all appear to be acceptable herbs for producing Absinthe and the Everclear and Ouzo provide the homemade Absinthe its alcohol content BUT making Absinthe in your own home from herbs isn’t quite as simple as making homemade beer and is also very risky.
Common Wormwood, or Artimesia Absinthium, has long been considered to be a hallucinogen in large doses and calamus root and nutmeg are all herbs which are psychoactive and can have psychodelic effects. The alcohol absinthe-recipe.com and other ingredients can have a sedative effect and the alcohol is obviously an intoxicant. Is it really safe to combine these herbs with alcohol using recipes on the internet? Most likely not! This kind of Green Fairy might well make you feel rather ill!
It’s always best to buy top quality Absinthe brands like Pernod, Hapsburg, Mari Mayans and Rodniks from known suppliers or to get Absinthe essences online from businesses like AbsintheKit.com. You can get Absinthe, also known as Absenta, with or without wormwood although a lot of people believe that Absinthe just isn’t Absinthe without wormwood, in the end that’s how it got its name.
Absinthe Recipe – The Practice
Once you’ve bought your quality Absinthe, or made a bottle from essence, you will have to learn how to prepare proper Absinthe, the Absinthe from history enjoyed by famous artists and writers including Oscar Wilde and Van Gogh.
Pour about 25-50ml of Absinthe to the glass. cube of sugar in the spoon and rest atop the glass.
Slowly pour or drip the cold water in the sugar and in the Absinthe.
Enjoy La Louche – the essential oils of the herbs inside the Absinthe are not water soluble and thus louche or cloud and then make the drink milky. It’s great to watch.
You can get antique Absinthiana which includes spoons, glasses and Absinthe fountains or buy cheaper replicas. These can give your Absinthe preparation and drinking true style. An Absinthe fountain lets you control the dripping of the water to offer you an excellent louche effect.
There are plenty of cocktail drinks you could make with Absinthe, which includes Ernest Hemingway’s favorite “Death in the Afternoon” that is a mix of Absinthe and champagne.
Steer clear of any Absinthe Recipe for homemade Absinthe and buy safe products where the levels of thujone and psychoactive herbs are controlled and measured.