How To Distill Absinthe Adequately

There are many websites giving Absinthe recipes as well as

tutorials and help regarding 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.

In case you are in the United States and you simply wish to distill your own Absinthe, as well as other alcohol, officially you need a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms since it is illegal to distill alcohol without a proper license.

How to Distill Absinthe from home

Recipes and guides on the net consist of the subsequent recipes:-

A recipe similar to an 1855 Pontarlier Recipe
– Macerate 25g wormwood (botanical name Artemesia Absinthium), 50g fennel and 50g anise in 950ml 85% abv within a 2 liter flask.
– Add 450ml distilled water.
– Perform a pot still distillation, gather 950ml of distillate.
– Separate 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 leftover 550ml distillate and dilute to 74% abv to create 1 liter of Absinthe.

(Recipe from and originally from “Scientific American”, June 1989)

Other recipes on the internet consist of additional herbs such as sage, mint, galangal, ginger, sweet flag, licorice, aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg and also cardamon.

Distillation isn’t just illegal in a few countries but it is also complex. Thankfully, you can find kits available online from different suppliers to enable you to make Absinthe from home simply and without difficulty without the need for distillation.

Absinthe Essence Kits develop Absinthe essences for both the Absinthe industry and then for consumers. The essences are made with top-quality essential oils and herbs and through hi-tech carbon dioxide distillation. Each essence has already been distilled, all you need to do is mix by using a neutral alcohol base just like Everclear or vodka and you can enjoy your own Absinthe in your own home.

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

Four kinds of essence can be found – one to make a classic green Absinthe, an orange oil flavored essence, an essence to produce clear Swiss style Absinthe as well as a stronger essence to produce an Absinthe with a more bitter wormwood flavor. All essences consist of real wormwood as well as other traditional herbs just like aniseed and fennel. The Strong 55 gives a thujone content of 55mg per 750ml bottle of Absinthe as well as the other essences provide a content of 35mg.

There is a guide concerning how to use the essences within the website. also sell replicas of antique nineteenth century Absinthe glasses, just like the Pontarlier glass, and Absinthe spoons, such as the famous Eiffel Tower spoon designed to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. Utilizing the proper Absinthiana (Absinthe equipment) will truly put you in the right mood to get ready and drink your excellent Absinthe drink.