With bottled Absinthe being so expensive, many people are interested in making their own Absinthe at home and want to know where to find recipe for Absinthe liquor.
Absinthe is a mythical, mysterious drink with an interesting history. It was originally created in the 18th century as an elixir or tonic by the legendary Dr Pierre Ordinaire in Switzerland. By the turn of the 19th century, it was being produced as an alcoholic beverage by Pernod Fils and soon became a very popular drink, even more popular than fermented beverages and other alcoholic drinks.
Absinthe, or the Green Fairy, is a very strong liquor which is made by distilling alcohol with herbs such as wormwood (artemisia absinthium), fennel and aniseed. Different distillers use different recipes but these are the three main herbal ingredients.
Absinthe has an anise flavor with a hint of bitterness, which comes from the wormwood. The drink was banned in many countries in the 1900s because of worries that it was leading to widespread alcohol abuse and that it caused hallucinations and insanity. These claims are completely unsourced and are just part of the mass hysteria of the time, and wine producers’ worries over the popularity of Absinthe. Absinthe is perfectly safe to drink and does not make you hallucinate.
Absinthe is usually consumed diluted with iced water. The traditional method of preparation is called the Ritual. This method involves pouring a shot of Absinthe into an Absinthe glass and dripping iced water over a sugar cube on a slotted spoon and into the Absinthe. The water causes the Absinthe to louche and then the drink is ready to consume.
Where to find Recipe for Absinthe Liquor
Commercial Absinthe is made by distilling herbs with alcohol. There are various recipes for distilling Absinthe at home, but home distillation is illegal in many countries without a license, so this is not to be recommended.
So, what are the options for making Absinthe at home?
1.Using an Absinthe steeping kit – You can either purchase a steeping kit online or make up your own by making a blend of herbs to steep in alcohol. Recipes online include herbs such as wormwood, fennel, aniseed, anise, hyssop, calamus root, angelica, lemon balm, coriander seeds, melissa, roman wormwood and many others. These herbs are added to alcohol and left to steep for a few days before the mixture is filtered. Some recipes call for one blend of herbs to be steeped first, then removed, and then another blend to be used as a finishing or coloring blend. Steeping will not give you a true Absinthe because there is no distillation involved.
2.Using Absinthe Essences – AbsintheKit.com produce Absinthe essences by distilling traditional Absinthe herbs with alcohol. These are the same essences that they produce for the Absinthe industry and are top-quality essences. Simply mix 20ml of essence with 730ml of Everclear or vodka to make a true Absinthe. They have four different types of essences available to make four different styles of Absinthe – a La Bleue style, a classic verte Absinthe, an orange flavored Absinthe and a strong Absinthe which contains more wormwood and so has a stronger and more bitter flavor. All four essences contain wormwood.
Making homemade Absinthe by using essences is much quicker and easier than steeping herbs and filtering. For a start you don’t have to bother about where to find recipe for Absinthe liquor because the thinking has been done for you. The essences are ready to use – simple and easy! Enjoy your Absinthe.