What alcohol is use in Absinthe?

Henri-Louis Pernod, who first distilled industrial Absinthe during the early 19th century in Pontarlier, France, used a wine alcohol base. He distilled the alcohol with herbs such as wormwood, fennel, aniseed, hyssop, angelica, lemon balm, star anise, juniper, veronica, dittany and nutmeg. Wine is the conventional base for Absinthe but some distillers use other kinds of alcohol.

If you search for Absinthe recipes online, you will find that a lot of them involve steeping blends of herbs in liquor like Everclear, white rum or vodka.

Just how do you Produce Absinthe in your own home?

Even though some recipes online are for distilling Absinthe, distillation of liquor without a license is against the law in many countries and you also require the right equipment and you also need to find out what you are doing. So, are there any other ways of making Absinthe?

- Steeping and Filtering - This typically involves steeping herbs such as wormwood, fennel, aniseed, calamus root, star anise, mint, coriander seeds, cloves etc. for several days or perhaps a couple of weeks inside the neutral alcohol base and then filtering. Just distillation can provide a genuine Absinthe, this will just present you with an Absinthe flavored vodka.

- Employing an Absinthe Kit - Most of the kits available on the internet, just like the ones from Green Devil, are just steeping kits. They are easier than obtaining and preparing your own herbs however you are simply steeping the herbs in vodka again and coming up with a flavored vodka.

- Using an Absinthe kit form AbsintheKit.com is a much easier and much better method to make Absinthe at home. AbsintheKit.com create essences for the Absinthe industry and the essences are made by distilling standard Absinthe herbs in alcohol. The distillation is done for you and all you need to do is mix the essence with vodka or Everclear and you've got a true Absinthe drink.

The essences come in four different kinds:-
- Classic Green Essence to produce a traditional "verte" Absinthe which has a thujone content of 35mg per bottle.
- Clear Absinthe Essence to produce a clandestine La Bleue style Absinthe. This also carries a thujone content of 35mg.
- Orange Essence to produce Absinthe which has a twist. This essence will make a yellow-orange colored Absinthe having a natural orange flavor as well as a thujone content of 35mg.
- Strong 55 Essence will make an Absinthe with a higher thujone content (55mg) and a more bitter wormwood flavour.

You can buy a 20ml bottle of essence for $3.95 to make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe or get a kit for $29 to make 14 bottles of Absinthe. A kit comes with a handy plastic measure and 14 creative bottle labels. All that you should supply is the neutral alcohol base. Remember that the alcohol content of your Absinthe depends on your alcohol base. Be cautious, drink Absinthe moderately since it is a significantly more powerful beverage than other spirits and also fermented drinks.

What alcohol is use in Absinthe? A wine alcohol base or maybe a neutral alcohol which lacks a strong taste of its own - Everclear, vodka or 151 rum.