How To Distill Absinthe Correctly

There are several websites giving Absinthe recipes as well as

tutorials and help on 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 are in the United States and you simply would like to distill your individual Absinthe, or some other alcohol, officially you’ll 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 at Home

Recipes and guides on the Internet contain the subsequent recipes:-

A recipe similar to 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.
– Add 450ml distilled water.
– Perform a pot still distillation, collect 950ml of distillate.
– Split 400ml of the distillate and blend 10g of Roman Wormwood (Artemisia Pontica), 5g lemon balm, 10g hyssop and macerate at 60C.
– Filter and mix with all the leftover 550ml distillate and dilute to 74% abv to produce 1 liter of Absinthe.

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

Various other recipes on the internet contain additional herbs just like sage, mint, galangal, ginger, sweet flag, licorice, aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon.

Distillation is not just illegal in certain countries however it is also complicated. Thankfully, there are kits available on the web from different suppliers to enable you to make Absinthe at home simply and conveniently without making use of distillation.

Absinthe Essence Kits produce Absinthe essences for the Absinthe industry and for consumers. The essences are made with top-quality essential oils and herbs and by hi-tech carbon dioxide distillation. Every essence is distilled, all you need to do is mix using a neutral alcohol base such as Everclear or vodka and you then can enjoy your own Absinthe at home.

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

Four kinds of essence are available – one to create a classic green Absinthe, an orange oil flavoured essence, an essence to create clear Swiss style Absinthe as well as a stronger essence to make an Absinthe which has a more bitter wormwood flavor. All essences comprise real wormwood as well as other traditional herbs which include aniseed and fennel. The Strong 55 provides a thujone content of 55mg per 750ml bottle of Absinthe and also the other essences provide a content of 35mg.

There’s a guide concerning how to utilize the essences on the website. additionally sell replicas of antique 19th century Absinthe glasses, including the Pontarlier glass, and Absinthe spoons, including the famous Eiffel Tower spoon designed to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. Using the proper Absinthiana (Absinthe equipment) will truly place you in the right mood to get ready and drink your perfect Absinthe drink.