Absinthe is a strong anise flavor liquor which is made by distilling alcohol with herbs such as wormwood, and fennel. We know it is strong and can get you drunk easily, but what percentage is Absinthe and what is its proof?
Here are the alcohol by volume levels of popular brands of Absinthe:-
La Fee XS Absinthe Francaise 68% abv or 136 proof
Doubs Mystique Carte D’Or 65% alcohol by volume or 130 proof
La Clandestine Absinthe 53% abv (106 proof)
Jade Edouard 72% abv (144 proof)
Sebor 55% abv (110 proof)
Jade Nouvelle Orleans 68% alcohol by volume is 136 proof
Mari Mayans Collectors 70 is 70% abv (140 proof)
La Fee Parisian 68% alcohol by volume (136 proof)
Lucid Absinthe 62% abv is 124 proof
Jade Verte Suisse 65% abv (130 proof)
Pernod Absinthe 68% abv (136 proof)
Kubler 53 53% abv (106 proof)
Pere Kermanns 60% alcohol by volume or 120 proof
Jade PF 1901 which is 68% abv is 136 proof
La Fee XS Absinthe Suisse 53% abv (106 proof)
Roquette 1797 is 75% abv or 150 proof
La Fee Bohemian 70% abv (140 proof)
Let’s now compare Absinthe to other beverages:-
Whisky such as Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof)
Absinthe can be up to 75% alcohol by volume or 150 proof
Table Wine which is 9-12% abv is 18-24 proof
Beer tends to be 4 or 5% alcohol by volume which is 8-10 proof
Now, the alcohol-information.com website worked out if you have 1 shot of Everclear which is 190 proof is equivalent to drinking two.8five beers and about 3 brandies. This information establishs that one shot of Absinthe is equivalent to two.2five beers. So, 22 shots Absinthe is equivalent to 49.5 bottles of beer!
As you can see, Absinthe is much stronger than wine and beer and even stronger than whisky. We therefore need to be careful when consuming Absinthe, not because it will make us have hallucinations, or any other psychedelic effects, but because it is strong and intoxicates quickly. We need to take particular care when mixing Absinthe with other alcoholic drinks in cocktails.
When your are making your own Absinthe for drinking, care needs to always be taken. If you buy an Absinthe kit from Green Devil then you are steeping herbs in a neutral alcohol such as vodka or Everclear. Everclear has an abv of 95% and a proof of 190 so it is much stronger than commercial Absinthe. In the Absinthekit are Absinthe essences.some are mixed with a neutral alcohol such as Everclear or vodka. Your finished Absinthe will be the proof or abv of the neutral alcohol you have used.
What is the percent in Absinthe? For commercial Absinthe look on the bottle label or if you order online, look at the product details for alcohol by volume or proof. If you are making your own Absinthe from a kit, you need to look at the bottle of Everclear or vodka that you are using.