Pernod’s Absinthe, Original Pernod Fils, was initially distilled from wine and included quite a few
natural herbs and essential oils from plants including grande wormwood, aniseed, melissa, fennel, lemon balm, dittany, angelica root, hyssop, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.
Several manufacturers of the Green Fairy (Absinthe’s nickname) made use of different recipes and ingredients. Other herbs utilized in Absinthe production included calamus root, mint, cloves, nutmeg, roman wormwood, anise seed, coriander, sweet flag and licorice. The herb wormwood, Artimesia Absinthium, was always utilised in the making of pre-ban Absinthe as it was the element that gave Absinthe its typical bitter taste, as well as its name.
Wormwood has the chemical thujone that was considered to be similar to THC in the drug cannabis. Thujone is psychoactive and can easily cause psychedelic effects when used in big amounts. Anise seed and fennel seed both contain anethole which is considered to be psychoactive and Angelica root is grown as being a drug in Lapland. Absinthe is a mystical mixture of sedatives and stimulants, obvious why artists and writers just like Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde professed that it gave them their genius and inspiration! “A clear headed drunkenness” is how being drunk on Absinthe has long been referred to.
Absinthe was famously prohibited in France in 1915 when Prohibitionists claimed that it would definitely ruin the land and send everyone insane. However, research indicates that drinking Absinthe is simply as safe as drinking any of the other strong alcoholic drinks like whisky and vodka. Absinthe is principally alcohol and simply contains minute volumes of wormwood as well as the other herbs so, if consumed in moderation, isn’t real health risk.
Self-made Absinthe Recipes
There are numerous Absinthe recipes on the web using different herbs and various methods – steeping, filtering etc. but making Absinthe in your own home from plants, dried herbs or essential oils isn’t to be encouraged. Why?
– Absinthe must be distilled.
– You have no means of learning the thujone content of your finished Absinthe – somewhat risky.
It is far better to buy either a good quality Absinthe, ensuring that it’s got the vital ingredient wormwood, or to buy an Absinthe kit which consists of Absinthe essences which have already been distilled.
You may even buy Absinthe in America now – Breaux’s label “Lucid” is legal in the USA.
AbsintheKit.com does great Absinthe kits which include:-
– Absinthe essence – choose from classic, white (which makes clear Swiss style Absinthe, Strong 55 (with a 55mg thujone content) and Orange (flavored with orange oil).
– A measure.
– Artistic Labels to brighten your Absinthe bottles.
One bottle of essence will make 14 bottles of Absinthe!
To make Absinthe using these kits you simply mix 20ml of the Absinthe essence with a neutral alcohol just like Everclear or vodka and that is exactly it – finished, your won bottle of Green Fairy.
Quick and simple to use and, because these essences are the exact same as the ones sold to distilleries, you already know that you are receiving a good, top-quality product.
If you search on the internet there are lots of cocktail Absinthe recipes like Ernest Hemingway’s famous “Death in the Afternoon” – Absinthe and champagne. Enjoy