If you reside in a country where
it’s difficult to get real wormwood Absinthe, or perhaps you just fancy having a go at doing your own Absinthe, you will need to understand how to brew Absinthe in your own home.
Henri-Louis Pernod made his Absinthe with a wine base and herbs which includes aniseed, hyssop, fennel, lemon balm, star anise, angelica, veronica, juniper, dittany and also nutmeg. Czech company Sebor use a mixture of 13 herbs, including chamomile and mint together with wormwood, and a 100 year old recipe to make their Absinthe.
You can find 3 main approaches to make your own Absinthe drink:-
1.Make use of a recipe to distill your own personal Absinthe liquor.
2.Use an Absinthe Kit with a blend of herbs and instructions.
3.Work with an Absinthe essence
How to Brew Absinthe By using a Recipe
Distilling liquor in your own home is illegal in most countries if you don’t have a license and is also quite challenging. Regular home-brew recipes contain:-
– Wormwood (Grande Wormwood, Artemisia Absinthium)
– Green Anise
The ingredients are first macerated for a few hours, heated after which slowly distilled and then colored with extra herbs for instance lemon balm, hyssop and petite wormwood. The mixture will then be heated once more, then filtered as well as diluted.
Other recipes do not require distillation, just a combination of herbs with alcohol. For instance:-
– 30g/ 1 ounce dried Wormwood
– 1 teaspoon hyssop
– 1 tablespoon angelica
– 1 pinch of fennel seeds (can use anise instead)
– 1 teaspoon of lemon balm
– Â¼ teaspoon each of caraway seeds as well as coriander seeds
– 1 liter of Everclear or vodka
In a bottle blend chopped dried wormwood with the alcohol and then leave for 1-2 weeks within a cool dark place. Filter or sieve out the wormwood and mix in additional herbs. Wait for 3 to 4 days after which you can filter or sieve again. The Absinthe is ready.
Brewing Absinthe at home through these ways isn’t recommended. Distilling is tricky and often illegal and simply mixing the herbs with alcohol isn’t going to give you a true Absinthe.
How To Brew Absinthe using a Herbal Blend Kit
There are numerous herbal kits on sale online, including the kits from Green Devil. Their kits include:-
– Their unique micron filtering method.
– An Absinthe blend containing grande wormwood, hyssop, calamus, melissa, anise seed, fennel seed, star anise and also coriander see.
– Absinthe flavoring and finishing blend made up of much more herbal ingredients.
Their Deluxe kit also contains two Absinthe spoons, two Absinthe glasses, a 1000ml bottle, two bottle labels, two muslin bags for infusing the herbs, a poster as well as a pamphlet made up of information and instructions.
They claim that their finished Absinthe will comprise up to 70-90mg of thujone per liter – rather a large amount of thujone, the chemical found in wormwood which was once claimed to result in psychedelic effects. There isn’t any distilling involved hence the Absinthe produced won’t be a true Absinthe.
How To Brew Absinthe Using an Essence
Absinthe essences are for sale to purchase from AbsintheKit.com are an easy way to make real Absinthe from home. The essences are made from standard Absinthe herbs and are already distilled. Simply mix the essence with Everclear or vodka and you have your very own bottle of the Green Fairy.
4 kinds of essence can be obtained – one to create a classic verte Absinthe, one to make a clear La Bleue style Absinthe, one to make an orange flavored Absinthe and the other to create a stronger more bitter Absinthe. Each of them contain real wormwood and so are essences utilized by the Absinthe industry.
AbsintheKit.com likewise sell their essences in kits made up of enough essence to produce 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels and a plastic measure. See the website to get more information on how to brew Absinthe using their essences.