Many people see the price of bottles of Absinthe (up to $100 or more) and understandably want to know if there is a way to make their own Absinthe. So, what does the art of making Absinthe involve? How do you make Absinthe?
You can buy kits online from various suppliers to make your very own Green Fairy from a recipe at home. Some kits provide you with Absinthe herbs such as wormwood, aniseed, fennel, anise, hyssop, lemon balm, calamus, juniper and other classic Absinthe ingredients. You then have to either steep the herbal ingrediants for a few days, use a two step steeping process or mix the herbs with a neutral alcoholic base such as vodka and filter after a few days.
The problem with these kits is that you don’t really get real Absinthe, you are not using distillation. Also some of these kits may contain herbs that are actually dangerous. One steeping kit online claims to make an Absinthe with 80-90mg of thujone in it – much more thujone than commercial brands of Absinthe. Thujone is the active chemical found in Artemisia Absinthium, Common Wormwood.
You need to be careful when using herbs and essential oils at home. Many herbs are perfectly safe when used in small doses and can be beneficial to our health. However, those same herbs in large doses can be harmful and even toxic.
How Do You Make Absinthe With Essences
AbsintheKit.com sell Absinthe essences which are made from the traditional herbs and essential oils – aniseed, fennel and wormwood. These essences are manufactured using high tech carbon dioxide distillation and top-quality herbs and are the same essences that they sell to the Absinthe industry. You can therefore be assured that they are safe and will make proper real Absinthe. You can either buy a 20ml bottle of essence for $3.95 or $4.95 which is enough to make a 750ml bottle of Absinthe, or you can buy an AbsintheKit which contains 280ml of essence to make 14 bottles of Absinthe, a plastic measure and artistic labels to decorate and label your finished Absinthe bottles. Kits cost either $29 or $39 depending on your chosen Absinthe essence.
There is no need to follow complicated recipes, the hard work has been done for you. Simply mix 20ml of essence with 730ml of Everclear or Vodka, add sugar if you want a smoother Absinthe, shake and then enjoy the perfect Absinthe!
AbsintheKit make 4 different essences:-
– Absinthe Classics Essence – This essence will make a classic green Absinthe, the Absinthe enjoyed by devotees like Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Oscar Wilde. A finished 750ml bottle of this Absinthe will contain 35mg of thujone.
– Orange Absinthe – This essence makes a yellow-orange colored Absinthe with the lovely flavor of natural orange oil. This also makes a bottle with a 35mg thujone content.
– White Absinthe – This essence makes a Blanche or La Bleue, Swiss style, clear Absinthe just like the bootleg clandestine Absinthes made during the ban. A 750ml bottle of Absinthe will contain 35mg of thujone.
– Absinthe 55 Strong – For those who like a dark green Absinthe with a stronger, more bitter taste. This essence contains more wormwood and will make an Absinthe with a 55mg thujone content.
So, how do you make Absinthe at home? The best and easiest way is to use essences from AbsintheKit.com.