How To Distill Absinthe Properly

There are various websites giving Absinthe recipes and also tutorials and help regarding how to distill Absinthe, the Green Fairy, or La Fee Verte, the strong alcoholic beverage enjoyed by the likes of Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway.

If you’re in the United States and you want to distill your own Absinthe, or some other alcohol, officially you’ll need a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms because it’s illegal to distill alcohol without having a proper license.

How to Distill Absinthe from home

Recipes and guides on the web consist of the following recipes:-

A recipe much like an 1855 Pontarlier Recipe
– Macerate 25g wormwood (organic name Artemesia Absinthium), 50g fennel and 50g anise in 950ml 85% abv within a 2 liter flask.
– Put 450ml distilled water.
– Execute a pot still distillation, gather 950ml of distillate.
– Split 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 with the remaining 550ml distillate and dilute to 74% abv to make 1 liter of Absinthe.

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

Other recipes online contain additional herbs such as sage, mint, galangal, ginger, sweet flag, licorice, aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg as well as cardamon.

Distillation isn’t just illegal in certain countries but it’s also complex Thankfully, you will find kits available on the web from different suppliers for you to make Absinthe in your own home simply and conveniently without making use of distillation.

Absinthe Essence Packages produce Absinthe essences for the Absinthe industry and then for consumers. The essences are manufactured with top-quality essential oils and herbs and through high tech carbon dioxide distillation. Each essence has already been distilled, all you have to do is mix with a neutral alcohol base just like Everclear or vodka and then you can also enjoy your own personal Absinthe at home.

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

Four kinds of essence can be obtained – one to produce a classic green Absinthe, an orange oil flavoured essence, an essence to create clear Swiss style Absinthe as well as a stronger essence to produce an Absinthe with a more bitter wormwood flavor clicking here. All essences contain real wormwood along with other traditional herbs just like aniseed and fennel. The Strong 55 offers a thujone content of 55mg per 750ml bottle of Absinthe and also the other essences provide a content of 35mg.

There exists a guide on how to use the essences within the website. additionally sell replicas of antique 19th century Absinthe glasses, such as the Pontarlier glass, and Absinthe spoons, like the famous Eiffel Tower spoon created to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. While using proper Absinthiana (Absinthe equipment) will really place you in the proper mood to get ready and drink your ideal Absinthe drink.