How To Distill Absinthe Effectively

There are several websites giving Absinthe recipes as well as tutorials and help on 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.

If you are in the United States and you simply wish to distill your own personal Absinthe, or some 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 from home

Recipes and guides on the Internet include the following recipes:-

A recipe just like an 1855 Pontarlier Recipe
– Macerate 25g wormwood (botanical name Artemesia Absinthium), 50g fennel and 50g anise in 950ml 85% abv in a 2 liter flask.
– Put 450ml mineral water.
– Do a pot still distillation, collect 950ml of distillate.
– Separate 400ml of the distillate and mix in 10g of Roman Wormwood (Artemisia Pontica), 5g lemon balm, 10g hyssop and macerate at 60C.
– Filter and mix with the remaining 550ml distillate and dilute to 74% abv to make 1 liter of Absinthe.

(Recipe from and formerly from “Scientific American”, June 1989)

Some other recipes on the internet consist of additional herbs such as sage, mint, galangal, ginger, sweet flag, licorice, aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg and also cardamon.

Distillation is not only illegal in certain countries but it is also difficult Thankfully, you will find kits available online from different suppliers for you to make Absinthe at home simply and without difficulty without resorting to distillation.

Absinthe Essence Packages develop Absinthe essences for both the Absinthe industry and for consumers. The essences are made with top-quality essential oils and herbs and also by advanced carbon dioxide distillation. Each and every essence has already been distilled, all you need to do is mix with a neutral alcohol base like Everclear or vodka and you then can also enjoy your very own Absinthe from home.

The Absinthe essences may either be bought in 20ml bottles at $3.95 ($4.95 for Strong 55) that is enough to produce one 750ml bottle of Absinthe, or perhaps in a 280ml bottle (to create 14 bottles of Absinthe) within a kit with artistic bottle labels as well as a handy plastic measure. The kits are $29 or $39 for the Strong 55 kit.

Four forms of essence can be found – one to produce a classic green Absinthe, an orange oil flavored essence, an essence to produce clear Swiss style Absinthe along with a stronger essence to produce an Absinthe with a more bitter wormwood flavor source. All essences consist of real wormwood along with other traditional herbs such as aniseed and fennel. The Strong 55 gives a thujone content of 55mg per 750ml bottle of Absinthe and the other essences offer a content of 35mg.

There exists a guide regarding how to make use of the essences on the website. additionally sell replicas of antique nineteenth century Absinthe glasses, including the Pontarlier glass, and Absinthe spoons, such as the famous Eiffel Tower spoon designed to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. While using proper Absinthiana (Absinthe equipment) will really put you in the proper mood to prepare and drink your excellent Absinthe drink.