Get the knowledge of history of Absinthe. A French doctor made Absinthe as a tonic in Switzerland, in the late 18th century. By 1805 the Absinthe recipeshad got into the hands of Henri-Louis Pernod who started distilling it in his factory in Pontarlier in France.
Original Absinthe Recipes
Pernod’s Absinthe, Original Pernod Fils, was distilled from wine and contained many natural herbs and essential oils from plants including grande wormwood, aniseed, melissa, fennel, lemon balm, dittany, angelica root, hyssop, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.
The recipes and ingredients were not same for the Green Fairy Absinthe. Calamus root, mint, cloves, nutmeg, roman wormwood, anise seed, coriander, sweet flag and licorice are the other herbs used in Absinthe production. The characteristic bitter taste and name of Absinthe was given by the herb wormwood, Artimesia Absinthium.
People believed that the thujone chemical and THC in the drug cannabis have the same effects. One can have psychedelic effects due to large quantity of thujone intake. The seeds of anise and fennel contain anethole which is a psychoactive and Lapland grows Angelica root as a drug. Absinthe is a mysterious mix of sedatives and stimulants, no wonder that artists and writers like Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde claimed that it gave them their genius and inspiration! “A clear headed drunkenness” is the description on the way of being drunk on Absinthe.
Absinthe was unauthorized in France because Prohibitionists believed that it was a great danger for the country. Just like other strong alcoholic drinks drinking Absinthe is also safe. Absinthe is mainly alcohol and only contains minute quantities of wormwood and the other herbs so, if consumed in moderation, is no real health risk.
Homemade Absinthe Recipes
There are many Absinthe recipes on the Internet using different herbs and different methods – steeping, filtering etc. but making Absinthe at home from plants, dried herbs or essential oils is not to be recommended. Why?
– It is necessary to distill Absinthe.
– No one can know the thujone content of his finished Absinthe.
It is far better to buy either a quality Absinthe, making sure that it’s got the vital ingredient wormwood, or to buy an Absinthe kit which consists of Absinthe essences that have already been distilled.
Buying Absinthe is now legal in the USA.
AbsintheKit.com does great Absinthe kits which consist of:-
– 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 of.
– Artistic Labels to decorate your Absinthe bottles.
14 bottles of Absinthe can be made from a bottle of essence!
Bottled Absinthe can be prepared by dissolving 20ml of the Absinthe essence with a neutral alcohol like Everclear or vodka.
A person is sure about getting a safe, top-quality product as these essences are similar to the ones sold to distilleries.
A variety of cocktail Absinthe recipes are available on the Internet. Have fun in finding and mixing the cocktails.