There are so many websites selling Absinthe and Absinthekits that its hard to know where to buy Absinthe online, especially if you’re new to Absinthe.
Absinthe, otherwise known as the Green Fairy or La Fee Verte, is a strong alcoholic beverage with an anise taste. Henri-Louise Pernod’s original Absinthe was made with a wine alcohol base and flavored with herbs such as grande wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), aniseed and fennel. Although Absinthe is distilled at high proof and is very strong, it is served diluted with iced water. It is approximately twice as strong as other spirits such as vodka and whisky.
Real Absinthe contains the herb wormwood which gives the drink its characteristic bitter taste. Wormwood contains the chemical thujone which was one of the reasons why the drink was banned in the early 1900s. It was thought that thujone was psychoactive and harmful to health. Studies and tests have now shown that Absinthe, even pre ban Absinthe from distilleries like Pernod, only contains trace amounts of thujone and is not harmful.
Absinthe is enjoyed by using a preparation method called The Ritual. A shot of Absinthe in an Absinthe glass is slowly diluted with water dripped over a cube of sugar on an Absinthe spoon. The water gradually mixes into the alcohol causing the drink to louche and become cloudy. Only Absinthe containing real herbs and essential oils will louche so you need to make sure you use a top-quality Absinthe.
Where to Buy Absinthe online – real Absinthe
To enjoy Absinthe properly you need to order a quality Absinthe made by a reputable distillery. An Absinthe which contains wormwood. Some websites will give you details about alcohol by volume (or proof) and thujone content. For example, Absinth24.net says that Absinthe La Clandestine from Claude-Alain Bugnon has an alcohol by volume of 53% and has less than 30mg of thujone. Thedrinkshop.com, a UK based company gives very good product descriptions of the Absinthe available to order on their web shop and also has product reviews.
Another good way of ensuring that you use quality Absinthe, is to make your won. Now, home distillation is illegal in most countries unless you have a license and Absinthe just is not real Absinthe without the distillation process. However, AbsintheKit.com make real wormwood Absinthe essences which are distilled by high tech carbon dioxide distillation. They contain natural, traditional herbs and are the same essences that AbsintheKit sell to the Absinthe industry. They are already distilled so you don’t have to do anything apart from mixing 20ml of essence with 730ml of vodka or Everclear. That’s it, very easy.
The essences come in 4 different varieties:-
Absinthe Classic Essence – This essence makes a classic green Absinthe with a thujone content of 35mg.
Absinthe White Essence – Use this essence to make a clear Absinthe reminiscent of Swiss La Bleue style Absinthes. This essence makes an Absinthe with a 35mg thujone content.
Absinthe Orange Essence – Flavored with natural orange oil, this essence makes a yellowy orange Absinthe with a thujone content of 35mg.
Absinthe 55 Strong Essence – You should use this essence if you want a darker green Absinthe with a stronger wormwood flavor. The thujone content will be 55mg.
The essences are available in 20ml bottles, to make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe, or in 280ml bottles to make 14 bottles of Absinthe. The AbsintheKits contain a 280ml bottle of essence, a handy plastic measure and artistic bottle labels.
Knowing where to buy Absinthe online is important if you want quality Absinthe that tastes right and that louches. Look for reputable companies selling award winning brands or make your own from essences.