History of Absinthe is very entertaining. Absinthe was created in the town of Couvet, in Switzerland, in the late 18th century by a French doctor who used it as an elixir or tonic for his patients. 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.
Different manufacturers of the Green Fairy (Absinthe’s nickname) used different recipes and ingredients. Calamus root, mint, cloves, nutmeg, roman wormwood, anise seed, coriander, sweet flag and licorice are the other herbs used in Absinthe production. The herb wormwood, Artimesia Absinthium was the basic ingredient of pre-ban Absinthe which gave Absinthe it’s characteristic bitter flavor and name.
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. Anise seed and fennel seed both contain anethole which is said to be psychoactive and Angelica root is grown as a drug in Lapland. As Absinthe is a mysterious mix of sedatives and stimulants so a few artists and writers claimed that it enhanced their genius and inspiration! “A clear headed drunkenness” is the description on the way of being drunk on Absinthe.
Absinthe was banned in France in 1915 when Prohibitionists claimed it’s harmful effects. Absinthe is safe same as other strong alcoholic drinks like whisky and vodka. A person cannot be harmed by Absinthe because it is alcoholic drink that contains minute quantities of wormwood and the other herbs.
Homemade Absinthe Recipes
There are many Absinthe recipes on the Internet using different herbs and different methods – steeping, filtering etc. Using plants, dried herbs or essential oils for Absinthe preparation at home is not suggested. Why?
– A person must use distilled Absinthe.
-Knowing the thujone content of drunked Absinthe is not possible.
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).
-Take a measure.
– Artistic Labels are important to decorate Absinthe bottles.
A single bottle of essence is enough to make 14 bottles of Absinthe!
One can prepare own bottled Absinthe by mixing 20ml of the Absinthe essence with a neutral alcohol.
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.