Pernod’s Absinthe, Original Pernod Fils, was initially distilled from wine and contained many
natural herbs and essential oils from plants which includes grande wormwood, aniseed, melissa, fennel, lemon balm, dittany, angelica root, hyssop, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.
Different manufacturers of the Green Fairy (Absinthe’s nickname) made use of different recipes and ingredients. Other herbs utilized in Absinthe production included calamus root, mint, cloves, nutmeg, roman wormwood, anise seed, coriander, sweet flag and licorice. The herb wormwood, Artimesia Absinthium, was always used in the making of pre-ban Absinthe since it was the ingredient that gave Absinthe its typical bitter taste, as well as its name.
Wormwood has the chemical thujone which was believed to be similar to THC in the drug cannabis. Thujone is psychoactive and can cause psychedelic effects when consumed in big amounts. Anise seed and fennel seed both contain anethole which is reported to be psychoactive and Angelica root is grown as being a drug in Lapland. Absinthe is a mystical mix of sedatives and stimulants, no wonder that artists and writers such as Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde reported that it provided them their genius and inspiration! “A clear headed drunkenness” is how being drunk on Absinthe have been identified.
Absinthe was notoriously forbidden in France in 1915 when Prohibitionists claimed that it was going to ruin the nation and send everyone insane. However, research has shown that drinking Absinthe is simply as safe as drinking many of the other strong alcoholic drinks such as whisky and vodka. Absinthe is primarily alcohol and simply contains small quantities of wormwood and the other herbs so, if consumed sparingly, is no real health risk.
Home made Absinthe Recipes
There are many Absinthe recipes on the net using different herbs as well as other methods – steeping, filtering etc. but making Absinthe in your own home from plants, dried herbs or essential oils just isn’t to be proposed. Why?
– Absinthe must be distilled.
– You don’t have any means of learning the thujone content of your finished Absinthe – a tad risky.
It truly is best to buy either a good quality Absinthe, ensuring that it has the vital ingredient wormwood, or to buy an Absinthe kit which comprises of Absinthe essences that have previously been distilled.
It’s also possible to buy Absinthe in the USA now – Breaux’s label “Lucid” is legal in the USA.
AbsintheKit.com does excellent Absinthe kits which contain:-
– Absinthe essence – choose from classic, white (helping to make clear Swiss style Absinthe, Strong 55 (with a 55mg thujone content) and Orange (flavoured with orange oil).
– A measure.
– Artistic Labels to embellish your Absinthe bottles.
One bottle of essence can make 14 bottles of Absinthe!
To produce Absinthe by using these kits you merely mix 20ml of the Absinthe essence with a neutral alcohol like Everclear or vodka and that is exactly it – finished, your won bottle of Green Fairy.
Quick and simple to use and, since these essences are the exact same as the ones sold to distilleries, you already know that you are receiving a safe, top-quality product.
Should you do some searching online there are lots of cocktail Absinthe recipes just like Ernest Hemingway’s famous “Death in the Afternoon” – Absinthe and champagne. Take pleasure in