If you reside in a country where
it is actually difficult to find real wormwood Absinthe, or perhaps you just fancy having a go at doing your own Absinthe, you will need to know how to brew Absinthe at home.
Henri-Louis Pernod produced his Absinthe with a wine base and herbs including aniseed, hyssop, fennel, lemon balm, star anise, angelica, veronica, juniper, dittany and nutmeg. Czech company Sebor work with a blend of 13 herbs, which includes chamomile and mint in addition to wormwood, and a 100 year old recipe to make their Absinthe.
There are 3 main ways to create your own Absinthe drink:-
1.Use a recipe to distill your own personal Absinthe liquor.
2.Make use of 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 many countries if you do not possess a license and is quite complicated. Typical home-brew recipes consist of:-
– Wormwood (Grande Wormwood, Artemisia Absinthium)
– Green Anise
The ingredients are first macerated for many hours, heated and after that slowly distilled and then colored with extra herbs for instance lemon balm, hyssop and petite wormwood. The amalgamation will then be heated once again, then filtered as well as diluted.
Other recipes do not require distillation, just a blend of herbs with alcohol. For instance:-
– 30g/ 1 ounce dried Wormwood
– 1 teaspoon hyssop
– 1 tablespoon angelica
– 1 pinch of fennel seeds (are able to use anise instead)
– 1 teaspoon of lemon balm
– Â¼ teaspoon each of caraway seeds and also coriander seeds
– 1 liter of Everclear or vodka
In a bottle mix chopped dried wormwood with the alcohol and leave for 1-2 weeks inside a cool dark place. Filter or sieve out the wormwood and blend the other herbs. Wait for three to four days after which you can filter or sieve again. The Absinthe is already ready.
Brewing Absinthe in your own home through these ways isn’t encouraged. Distilling is tricky and in most cases illegal and merely mixing the herbs with alcohol isn’t going to provide a true Absinthe.
How To Brew Absinthe with a Herbal Blend Kit
There are various herbal kits available for sale online, for example the kits from Green Devil. Their kits include:-
– Their unique micron filtering system.
– An Absinthe blend that contains grande wormwood, hyssop, calamus, melissa, anise seed, fennel seed, star anise and coriander see.
– Absinthe flavoring and finishing mixture containing 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 plus a pamphlet made up of info and instructions.
They claim that their completed Absinthe will consist of up to 70-90mg of thujone per liter – rather a substantial amount of thujone, the substance found in wormwood that was once claimed to result in psychedelic effects. There’s no distilling involved therefore the Absinthe produced won’t be a genuine Absinthe.
How To Brew Absinthe With an Essence
Absinthe essences are available to purchase from AbsintheKit.com are an easy way to produce real Absinthe in your own home. The essences are made from conventional Absinthe herbs and are already distilled. Just mix the essence with Everclear or vodka and you have your own bottle of the Green Fairy.
4 kinds of essence are available – one to create a classic verte Absinthe, one to produce a clear La Bleue style Absinthe, one to produce an orange flavored Absinthe and the other to create a stronger more bitter Absinthe. They all contain real wormwood and therefore are essences utilized by the Absinthe industry.
AbsintheKit.com also sell their essences in kits containing enough essence to make 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels plus a plastic measure. See the website to obtain additional data on how to brew Absinthe with their essences.