How To Distill Absinthe Correctly

There are many websites giving Absinthe recipes and even 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're in the United States and you wish to distill your own Absinthe, or any other alcohol, officially you will need a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms because it's illegal to distill alcohol without having 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 (organic name Artemesia Absinthium), 50g fennel and 50g anise in 950ml 85% abv in a 2 liter flask.
- Put 450ml distilled water.
- Do a pot still distillation, collect 950ml of distillate.
- Split 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 together with the remaining 550ml distillate and dilute to 74% abv to produce 1 liter of Absinthe.

(Recipe from www.homedistiller.org and formerly from "Scientific American", June 1989)

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

Distillation is not only illegal in certain countries however it is also complex www.absintheflavoring.com. Thankfully, there are kits available online from different suppliers to enable you to make Absinthe in your own home simply and easily without resorting to distillation.

Absinthe Essence Kits

AbsintheKit.com develop Absinthe essences for both the Absinthe industry as well as for consumers. The essences are made with top-quality essential oils and herbs and also by hi-tech carbon dioxide distillation. Each and every essence is already distilled, all you need to do is mix with a neutral alcohol base such as Everclear or vodka and you can also enjoy your own Absinthe from home.

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

Four types of essence can be obtained - one to create a classic green Absinthe, an orange oil distinctive flavored essence, an essence to produce clear Swiss style Absinthe plus a stronger essence to create an Absinthe with a more bitter wormwood flavor useful reference. All essences comprise real wormwood along with other traditional herbs such as aniseed and fennel. The Strong 55 offers a thujone content of 55mg per 750ml bottle of Absinthe as well as the other essences give a content of 35mg.

There's a guide concerning how to make use of the essences on the AbsintheKit.com website.

AbsintheKit.com likewise sell replicas of antique nineteenth century Absinthe glasses, just like the Pontarlier glass, and Absinthe spoons, like the famous Eiffel Tower spoon designed to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. Using the proper Absinthiana (Absinthe equipment) will truly put you in the correct mood to get ready and drink your ideal Absinthe drink.