How To Distill Absinthe Properly

There are several websites giving Absinthe recipes and even tutorials and help concerning 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.

If you are in the United States and you just wish to distill your own Absinthe, or any other alcohol, officially you will 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 web include the following recipes:-

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

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

Other recipes online include additional herbs like sage, mint, galangal, ginger, sweet flag, licorice, aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg and also cardamon.

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

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

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

Four forms of essence are available – one to create a classic green Absinthe, an orange oil flavored essence, an essence to create clear Swiss style Absinthe plus a stronger essence to create an Absinthe with a more bitter wormwood flavor visit website. All essences comprise real wormwood as well as other traditional herbs which include aniseed and fennel. The Strong 55 offers a thujone content of 55mg per 750ml bottle of Absinthe and the other essences offer a content of 35mg.

There’s a guide concerning how to make use of the essences within the website. additionally sell replicas of antique 19th century Absinthe glasses, such as the Pontarlier glass, and Absinthe spoons, including the famous Eiffel Tower spoon created to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. Using the proper Absinthiana (Absinthe equipment) will definitely put you in the right mood to get ready and drink your ideal Absinthe drink.

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