Absinthe is an expensive liquor so many people want to find a how to make Absinthe recipe to use at home.
Absinthe is a distilled spirit and so it is complicated to make from first ingredients at home, especially when distillation is illegal in many countries without a proper license.
Absinthe was originally produced commercially by Henri-Louis Pernod who used a wine base and natural herbs. His Absinthe recipe included the three main Absinthe herbs – wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed and fennel, along with veronica, dittany, juniper, nutmeg, hyssop, star anise, lemon balm and angelica. These herbs are still used in Absinthe production today and some Absinthe distillers also use additional herbs such as calamus root, coriander seeds and mint.
Using recipes and mixing herbs with alcohol like vodka, steeping and then filtering is not to be recommended because this method does not involve distillation and simply produces an alcohol with a flavor a bit like Absinthe not true Absinthe.
By far the easiest way of making real Absinthe at home is to use Absinthe essences. AbsintheKit.com produce Absinthe essences for both the Absinthe industry and for the public. These essences are already distilled and are produced with the finest Absinthe herbs and essential oils. Simply mix 20ml of essence with 730ml of neutral alcohol, such as vodka or Everclear, to make your very own bottle of the Green Fairy. There are even 4 different types of essence to choose from – something to suit everyone whether you like a classic verte Absinthe, a strong Absinthe, a clear Absinthe or an orange flavored Absinthe.
Absinthe is also used in many cocktails and food. There are many articles online containing recipes and information, I even found a great recipe for Absinthe cookies sprinkled with sugar crystals! Ernest Hemingway, the famous writer and Absinthe drinker, drank “Death in the Afternoon” which is Absinthe mixed with champagne!
You also need to know how to prepare Absinthe to serve. Absinthe is a very different and special alcoholic beverage in that it is not often served straight but, instead, is diluted with iced water. It also has its own equipment or “Absinthiana” used in Absinthe preparation – Absinthe glasses and spoons, drippers or fountains. Many of these are now expensive antiques but you can buy replica items from companies like AbsintheKit.com.
To prepare your Absinthe in the traditional way known as “The Ritual”, you need to pour a shot of Absinthe into a large glass or Absinthe glass. Get a slotted Absinthe spoon (cuillere) and rest it over the rim of the glass. Place a cube of granulated sugar on the spoon and slowly drip or pour iced water over the sugar and into the Absinthe. Hopefully, you will now see the effect known as the “louche” when the essential oils, which are not soluble in water, cause the drink to turn milky or cloudy. Stir your Absinthe and drink it – easy!
When you use an essence and follow the guidelines for the Ritual you really don’t need to find a how to make Absinthe recipe.