Process Of Preparing Absinthe

A person may like to know the process of Absinthe preparation after watching the prices of bottled Absinthe. Well, there are but Absinthe needs distilling and if your are in the United States you will know that you need a license to distill alcohol – you also need to know what you are doing!

There are many websites with recipes and ingredients for making Absinthe(or Absynth) at home. Absinthe is also prepared from other herbs and essential oils including the traditional three ingredients of wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), aniseed and fennel. There is too much complications and wastage of time in the distilling process of Absinthe. One can easily prepare Absinthe with the help of kits.

Absinthe manufactured from different kits will have different thujone levels. If the thujone content is high the taste will be more bitter of the Absinthe.

How To Make Absinthe With Kits

Some kits provide you with herbs that you have to steep and the filter but by far the easiest kits to use are essence kits. AbsintheKit.com sell Absinthe essencesto both the Absinthe industry and to consumers. Top-quality herbs and essential oils and high tech carbon dioxide distillation is used by them to produce their Absinthe essences. The solution of 20ml of essence with 730ml of vodka or Everclear along with real wormwood and natural ingredients can give a perfect Absinthe liquor. To make 750ml of Absinthe one will require 20ml bottle of Absinthe essence.95!

The essences are also available in a Absinthe kit which makes 14 bottles of Absinthe and it contains a 280ml bottle of essence, bottle labels and a plastic measure – all for $29.

How To Make Absinthe Using the Ritual

Once you have made your bottle of Absinthe you will need to know how to prepare your Absinthe drink. This is the recipe or procedure that can be used.

First you will need the right equipment:-

– Absinthe
– Take an Absinthe glass
– Buy an Absinthe spoon or cuillere
– It is important to have a sugar cube
– Iced Water

Pour a shot (25-50ml) of Absinthe into the glass.
One will have to rest the Absinthe spoon on top of the glass and place a sugar cube on the slotted spoon.
One can use a fountain or a steady hand to slowly pour the water over the sugar.
One can see the louche after mixing the water and sugar solution into the Absinthe.
Sit back and enjoy your perfect Absinthe drink.

Learning how to make Asbinthe is not hard although it may take some attempts to get the perfect Absinthe louche

Suggestions To Brew Absinthe

If the real wormwood Absinthe is not easily available then one must know how to brew Absinthe at home.

Henri-Louis Pernod made his Absinthe with a wine base and herbs including aniseed, hyssop, fennel, lemon balm, star anise, angelica, veronica, juniper, dittany and nutmeg. Czech company Sebor use a blend of 13 herbs, including chamomile and mint in addition to wormwood,  and a 100 year old recipe to make their Absinthe.

There are 3 main ways to make your own Absinthe drink:-

1.Absinthe liquor can be distilled by a recipe.
2.Use an Absinthe Kit with a blend of herbs and instructions.
3.Use an Absinthe essence

How to Brew Absinthe Using a Recipe

Distilling liquor at home is illegal in most countries unless you have a license and is quite complicated. Typical home-brew recipes include:-

– Wormwood (Grande Wormwood, Artemisia Absinthium)
– Importance of Green Anise
– Fennel
– Alcohol

The ingredients are first macerated for several hours, heated and then slowly distilled and then colored with extra herbs such as lemon balm, hyssop and petite wormwood. After that the mixture is heated again, then filtered and diluted.

There is no requirement of distillation for the preparation of other recipes. Take an example:-
– Requirement of 30g/ 1 ounce dried Wormwood
– Take 1 teaspoon hyssop
– 1 tablespoon angelica is also important
– 1 pinch of fennel seeds (could use anise instead)
– It will require a teaspoon of lemon balm
– There is requirement of ¼ teaspoon each of caraway seeds and coriander seeds
– 1 liter of Everclear or vodka

In a bottle mix chopped dried wormwood with the alcohol and leave for 1-2 weeks in a cool dark place. Other herbs is used for mixing the filtered wormwood with them. Refilter after 3 or 4 days. This way the Absinthe is prepared.

Brewing Absinthe at home in these ways is not recommended. One cannot get the real Absinthe by simply mixing the herbs with alcohol.

How To Brew Absinthe with a Herbal Blend Kit

There are many different herbal kits on sale online, for example the kits from  Green Devil. Their kits include:-
– Unique micron filtration system is done for them.
– An Absinthe blend containing grande wormwood, hyssop, calamus, melissa, anise seed, fennel seed, star anise and coriander see.
– Absinthe flavoring and finishing blend containing sufficient herbal contents.

Their Deluxe kit also contains two Absinthe spoons, two Absinthe glasses, a 1000ml bottle, two bottle labels, two muslin bags for infusing the herbs, a poster and a pamphlet containing information and instructions.

The thujone content in their finished Absinthe can contain about 70-90mg of thujone per liter which was once thought to be responsible for psychedelic effects. After distillation a true Absinthe is produced.

How To Brew Absinthe With an Essence

Absinthe essences are available to buy from AbsintheKit.A real Absinthe can be prepared at home by visiting AbsintheKit.com. Traditional Absinthe herbs are used for making essences and are already distilled. One will get his own bottled Green Fairy by mixing the essence with Everclear or vodka.

4 types of essence are available – one to make a classic verte Absinthe, one to make a clear La Bleue style Absinthe, one to make an orange flavored Absinthe and another to make a stronger more bitter Absinthe. Real wormwood is their content and the Absinthe industry uses essences.

AbsintheKit.One can get a Absinthe kit from AbsintheKit.com which has enough essence to make 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels and a plastic measure. A person can go through their website to get more information on how to brew Absinthe with their essences.

Alcohol Content In Absinthe

There has been much controversy regarding the thujone levels in Absinthe and whether Absinthe can really make you hallucinate but what about its alcohol content – How much alcohol is in Absinthe?

All commercial alcoholic drinks are labeled according to their alcohol content which makes people able to decide about the drink and also about the quantity of consuming them.

The measurement of alcohol content is done by a hydrometer. A hydrometer looks a bit like a fishing float with a thermometer attached. The hydrometer swims straight in the liquid. When it is put in water, the water line will move towards the level marked 1.If it is supplied in sugared water the level will be higher as the water gets denser. As the sugar is eaten by the yeast when the hydrometer is used in fermenting alcohol the float moves lower. One has to calculate the original gravity and then the final gravity of alcohol.

Alcohol by volume can be checked by this formula
Alcohol content can be calculated by the formula Original gravity – Final gravity x 131 = Alcohol by volume.

The EU and the United States use label for the alcohol by volume content of drinks while a few countries go on proof. Proof is more or less double alcohol by volume.

Different brands of Absinthe have different alcohol contents. Look at the following statistics:-

Lucid Absinthe 62% abv (124 proof)
La Clandestine Absinthe is available with 53% abv
The alcohol content is found to be 55% in Sebor
Pere Kermanns contains about 60% abv
The alcohol content is found to be 68% abv in Pernod Absinthe
Mari Mayans Collectors 70 70% abv (140 proof)
Tips about La Fee XS Absinthe Suisse 53% abv (106 proof)
One can get 68% abv alcohol content in La Fee XS Absinthe Francaise
La Fee Bohemian 70% abv (140 proof)
La Fee Parisian contains 68% abv of alcohol
One can get 53% abv (106 proof) of alcohol content in Kubler 53
Doubs Mystique Carte D’Or 65% abv (130 proof)
It is proved that Roquette 1797 contains 75% abv of alcohol
The volume of alcohol in Jade PF 1901 is 68% abv
The alcohol content in Jade Edouard is 72% abv (144 proof)
What is Jade Verte Suisse 65% abv (130 proof)
Jade Nouvelle Orleans 68% abv (136 proof)

As you can see Absinthe can range from 53% abv to 75% abv, quite a difference. Now, let’s compare those levels to other alcoholic drinks:-

Absolut Blue Vodka 40% abv (80 proof)
The abv percentage is 38 in Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila
Beer can have 4 or 5% alcohol by volume.
There is 9-12% alcohol by volume in Table Wine.
One can get 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof) in Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky.
Everclear 95% abv (190 proof)

No other alcoholic drink seems to come close to Absinthe!

Homemade Absinthes can also vary in alcohol content. An Absinthe essence can be mixed from AbsintheKit.com.com with Absolut vodka (40% abv) and another might make it with Everclear (95% abv) – a huge difference.

Absinthe was banned in the 1900s because of claims that thujone, the chemical in wormwood, was like THC in the drug cannabis and that it was psychoactive and caused psychedelic effects. We now know that claims that Absinthe is an hallucinogen are completely false but we do need to remember that any liquor can be harmful to our health if we consume too much. People in Memphis have realized this and during the poll in 2006 more than 6/10 Memphis citizens had not even drunk a sip of alcohol in at least a month.

Although alcohol is fine if consumed in moderation but one should know about alcohol content in Absinthe and other drinks.

Importance Of Artemisia Absinthium

Artemisia Absinthiumis the botanical and Latin name for the plant Common Wormwood. The name “Artemisia” originated from the name of Greek Goddess Artemis. People know Artemis as the goddess of forests and hills, of the hunt and also as a protector of children. Artemis was later linked to the moon. According to the people’s thought the Latin word “Absinthium” came from the Ancient Greek meaning “without sweetness”.

The Common Wormwood plant generally grows in rocky areas and on arid ground in Asia, North Africa and the Mediterranean. People found it growing in parts of North America also. Other names for common wormwood, or Artemisia Absinthium, are armoise, green ginger and grande wormwood.

Due to their silver gray leaves and tiny yellow flowers wormwood plants look preety. Wormwood oil is produced in tiny glands on the leaves. The Artemisia group of plants also includes tarragon, sagebrush, sweet wormwood, Levant wormwood, silver king artemisia, Roman wormwood and southernwood. The Artemisia plants come under the Aster family of plants.

Wormwood has been used as a herbal medicine for different medical purpose
– It can be used in easing labor pains in women.
– One can check the poisoning from toadstools and hemlock.
– A very good antiseptic.
– The problems related to digestion is solved by it. Wormwood may be helpful in treating people who do not have sufficient stomach acid.
– It is also being used as a cardiac stimulant in pharmaceuticals.
– Fevers can be reduced.
– It can be beneficial in removing intestinal worms.
– Used as a tonic.

There is research proving wormwood to be effective on Alzheimer’s disease and Crohn’s disease.

Effects of Artemisia Absinthium

Wormwood is a key ingredient in the liquor Absinthe, the Green Fairy, which was banned in many countries in the early 1900s. Absinthe is named after this herb which also gives the drink its characteristic bitter taste,

Absinthe was banned because of its alleged psychedelic effects. People thought that it was responsible for hallucinations and mental illness. Absinthe was also linked to the Bohemian culture of Parisian Montmartre with its loose morals, courtesans and artists and writers.

The effects of thujone in wormwood and THC in the drug cannabis are said to be the same. There has been an Absinthe revival since the 1990s when studies showed that Absinthe actually only contained very small amounts of thujone and that it would be impossible to drink enough Absinthe, for the thujone to be harmful, because Absinthe is such a strong spirit – you would be comatose first!

Drinking Absinthe is just as safe as drinking any strong spirit but it should be consumed in moderation because it is about twice as strong as whisky and vodka.

A real Absinthe is that which contains Artemisia Absinthium. Besides the real Green Fairy “fake” Absinthes are also available which are produced from other herbs and flavorings. If you want the real thing you must check that they contain thujone or Common Wormwood or use essences,such as those from AbsintheKit.One can visit AbsintheKit.com to make his own Absinthe containing Artemisia Absinthium.

Efficiency Of Absinthe Wormwood

Absinthe wormwood is normally Artemisia Absinthium or Grand Wormwood which is actually a variety of wormwood which does not contain a vast amount of the chemical thujone. A few brands of Absinthe use Roman Wormwood which also contains thujone in addition to Grand Wormwood so drinks with two types of wormwood may contain more thujone. Thujone amounts can differ between brands significantly, some Absinthes only have negligible amounts of thujone, whereas others have up to 35mg/kg. As thujone is an illegal food additive in the USA so Absinthe with negligible amounts of thujone is authorized here.

Why is there controversy about Absinthe Wormwood?

Common Wormwood, Artemisia Absinthium has been used in medicine from Ancient times. Utilization of it has been done :-
– It is efficient on poisoning caused by toadstools and hemlock.
– How to use as a tonic .
– Fever can be reduced.
– It acts as a stimulant to digestion.
– Treating with parasitic intestinal worms.
Green color, bitter taste and name of Absinthe is based on wormwood herb used in it’s preparation. The essential herbal oils in Absinthe are also responsible for the famous “louche” effect, the cloudy that happens when water is added to the drink.
Due to the harmful effects of thujone Absinthe was restricted in many countries. Absinthe drinking was linked to violent crimes, serious intoxication, insanity and thujone was thought to have psychoactive and psychedelic effects and to be an hallucinogen. It was even claimed that a french man killed his whole family after drinking Absinthe – he was actually an alcoholic who consumed excess quantity of other alcohol after the Absinthe!
This drink was enjoyed by most of the writers and artists before it’s illegalization. The UK, Spain, Portugal or the Czech Republic are the few European countries where Absinthe was never restricted.

Absinthe Wormwood Revival

There was never any real evidence linking Absinthe drinking to hallucinations or insanity and it is now known that Absinthe is no worse than any other highly alcoholic drink. As Absinthe has approximately twice the alcoholic content in comparison to other drinks so it should be consumed in moderation but the wormwood in it is not harmful at all. The consumption of decent amount of Absinthe can make a person feel a funny lucid or clear headed type of drunkenness.

In the 1990s Absinthe was legalized in many countries which gave rise to a renewed interest in Absinthe drinking. There are many different types and brands of Absinthe available to buy and buyers can even order Absinthe essence, to make their own Absinthe, online from companies like AbsintheKit.com.

The thujone content of wormwood should not be used more than 10mg/kg in the European Union and in the United States it can be used only in trace amounts. One should get Absinthe that contain real wormwood and herbs.

Importance Of Absinthe Spoons

Absinthe spoons, Absinthe glasses, fountains, drippers and brouillers are all collectively known as Absinthiana and are the accouterments used in the preparation of Absinthe. A person can purchase these antiques and collectibles at quite substantial amount of money.

A person unable to buy original Absinthiana can buy replicas from companies.To prepare the perfect Absinthe in style one can visit AbsintheKit.com.

Types of Absinthe Spoons

Absinthe spoons, cuilleres, were introduced in the 1880s to make Absinthe preparation easier. In the beginning perforated cups over Absinthe glasses had been used. These spoons were pierced or slotted from which sugar and water drip into the absinthe.

Absinthe spoons or cuilleres are designed in numerous shapes and size prepared from several metals. 375 different types of Absinthe spoon are there as per Marie-Claude Delahaye conclusion.
The most common type of spoon is shaped like a trowel and is called the French Pelle and this group of cuilleres includes the pretty “les feuilles d’Absinthe” which have got Absinthe foliage designs on them. In 1889 the inauguration of the Eiffel Tower was also admired by the famous spoon design featuring the Eiffel Tower.
“les Grilles” or “Les Grillagees” means lattice which is the second group of Absinthe spoons. “Les cuilleres” is the final group which includes designs having a long handle and a cradle to hold the sugar cube.

“Les Cuilleres de Poilus” is among the most famous Absinthe spoons. French soldiers created these Cuillere spoons using the materials like shell casings, aluminum, tin and brass. These spoons were only made at the start of the war because Absinthe was banned in France in 1915. These spoons were created by the soldiers for their own drinking cups. Today these beautiful and unique spoons are categorized as highly collectible antiques.

Absinthe was banned because of the alleged psychedelic and psychoactive effects of thujone, the chemical found in the herb wormwood which is a major ingredient in Absinthe. Absinthe was legalized in most countries in the 1990s after it was noted that it was no more harmful than any other strong liquor and contained only minute amounts of thujone.

The Absinthe Ritual

There is a ritual to be followed by lovers of the Green Fairy (Absinthe). To make the perfect Absinthe one will require following items
– Getting an Absinthe spoon
– An Absinthe Glass
– Absinthe
– Need of iced water
Also there are some people who will like an Absinthe fountain, brouiller or carafe to be used for the water.
Ways of preparing Absinthe
– A person should pour approximately 25-50ml of Absinthe into his glass.
– Rest Absinthe spoon on the glass and put a sugar cube on it.
– Pour the iced water slowly onto the sugar cube. From the bottom of the glass the louche arises.
Because of insolubility of the essential oils into the water louching happens. The drink should be milky or cloudy after being finished.

The perfect ratio of water and Absinthe is between 3:1 and 5:1 according to taste.

Use of Absinthe spoons and other Absinthiana helps a person to enjoy the Absinthe ritual.

Suggestion About Absinthe Recipes

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.

How To Use Absinthe Liquor ?

There has been a renewed interest in Absinthe liquor about the world in the last decade since Absinthe’s legalization in many countries. From the year 2007 there are certain brands of Absinthe that can be sold in United States.

Information about Absinthe Liquor?

Absinthe is a distilled anise flavored spirit which was created for medicinal purposes as an elixir or tonic by the legendary Dr Pierre Ordinaire in Couvet, Switzerland. It became popular in Switzerland and France in the 19th and early 20th centuries and even overtook wine in popularity in France.

Absinthe is generally prepared from a wine base and is flavored with herbs. Basic herbal ingredients of Absinthe are common wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), which gives Absinthe it’s name and it’s bitter taste, aniseed and fennel. The production of Absinthe also includes the herbs like hyssop, lemon balm, star anise, dittany, juniper, nutmeg and licorice.

There are many different types of Absinthe liquor:-

– Verte – This is the classic green Absinthe of the French La Belle Epoque and the Absinthe favored by the Bohemian culture of Montmartre and consumed by artists and writers such as Pablo Picasso, Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Gauguin, Degas, Baudelaire and Verlaine.

– Everyone knows La Blueu as La Blanche also. Introducing a clear Absinthe. During the ban Bootleg Swiss Absinthe was clear.

Though some Czech Absinthes are normal Absinthes but this term relates to “Absinths” that are wormwood bitters and lack an anise taste.

– Absenta – Spanish Absinthe which has a sweeter flavor because it is made with Alicante Anise.

– The added ingredient of hibiscus flowers gives red color to Rouge or Rose Absinthe.

You can buy many different types and styles of Absinthe online– traditional styles and modern classics which are based on vintage Absinthes but have a modern twist.

As well as buying these different types of Absinthe beverages, you can also make your own Absinthe from Absinthe essences. AbsintheKit.Essences are supplied to the Absinthe industry and to consumers from the site AbsintheKit.com. They make 4 different essences – a classic green Absinthe essence, a clear Absinthe essence, a strong essence which makes an Absinthe with a stronger bitter wormwood flavor, and an orange flavored essence which is flavored with orange oil and makes a lovely orange-yellow colored Absinthe. A person can prepare wormwood Absinthe from the essences available on the websites.

AbsintheKit.AbsintheKit.com can be visited by an individual to purchase replicas of famous Absinthe glasses and spoons such as the Eiffel Tower spoon.

Whisky or vodka is less stronger than Absinthe. It is necessary to be attentive when consuming such a strong spirit especially if it is being mixed with other strong spirits in cocktails!

Only a few drinks like Absinthe liquor have their many myths, legends, lies and falsehoods.

Suggestions To Use Absinthe

An Absinthe revival can be experienced due to the authorization of some brands of Absinthe in 2007 in the United States. Yet, some people don’t really know how to use Absinthe correctly or even what Absinthe is.

What is Absinthe

Absinthe is not a hallucinogen or a drug. It is a strong alcoholic beverage with an alcohol by volume of up to 75% and an anise flavor.

According to the legend Absinthe was created by Dr Pierre Ordinaire in Couvet, Switzerland in the 18th century as a tonic for his patients. Henri-Louis Pernod was distilling Absinthe and selling it commercially by the turn of the 19th century. Pernod used a wine alcohol base distilled with variety of natural herbs and also fennel, aniseed, star anise,wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium),  hyssop, lemon balm, angelica, juniper, dittany, nutmeg and melissa.

In France the popularity of Absinthe is more than wine. The traditional process of using and preparing Absinthe was born with the Absinthe bars.

After presuming that Absinthe contained psychoactive chemicals and causes hallucinations, convulsions, insanity and death, the drink was banned in France. There is no truth in these claims. There is no chance of these effects due to Absinthe. Absinthe was authorized in several countries in the 1990s.

How to Use Absinthe the Traditional Way

To prepare Absinthe in the traditional way is to use the “Ritual”.
You will need:-
– Take a large glass or Absinthe glass.
– Absinthe
– An Absinthe spoon– replica glasses and spoons can be purchased online at AbsintheKit.A person can also prepare his own Absinthe with top-quality Absinthe essences. To prepare own Absinthe a person will require top-quality Absinthe essences.
– Take a sugar cube.
– A carafe of iced water.

A person has to pour a shot of Absinthe into the glass.
After resting the spoon on the rim of the glass put the sugar cube on it.
Gradually drip the iced water over the sugar to make it soluble.
As the water mixes into the Absinthe a louche is visible. The essential oils cause the mixture to louche or go cloudy because they are not soluble in water.
One can stir Absinthe to feel the taste of the Green Fairy.

It is very easy to get drunk on Absinthe though it does not give hallucinations. The herbs used in the preparation of Absinthe are sedative in nature and stimulants. Other spirits, wine or beer can not give the same drunkness as caused by this blend of herbs. Some call it as a “clear headed” drunkenness.

The Czech or Bohemian Method

With this method, once you have poured the shot of Absinthe into the glass you dip the sugar cube into the alcohol and then set it alight on the spoon with a match. As the sugar has caramelized and melted from the spoon and into the Absinthe one can add the iced water.

The Bohemian method is a modern method that is a bit of fun in comparison to a serious method of drinking Absinthe. As the whole glass of Absinthe can catch fire so it can be a bit risky! It is necessary to take care.

The Ritual is the most popular way of using Absinthe but Absinthe can also be used in cocktails – make up your own or search online for cocktail recipes to give you inspiration on how to use Absinthe.

Going Through Absinthe Information

It is not easy to believe on so many contradictory Absinthe informations.

Misleading Absinthe Information

One book “Absinthe The Cocaine of the 19th Century: A History of the Hallucinogenic Drug and its Effect on Artists and Writersin Europe and the United States” by Doris Lanier, compares Absinthe to drugs such as cocaine because it was said to be addictive, to give a sense of euphoria, have psychedelic effects and weaken the brain and other faculties.

Absinthe became popular at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century, a time known as “The Great Binge”. Several today’s illegal drugs like crack cocaine, morphine and heroin were in use by normal everyday people at this time. In drinks also. Absinthe, Vin Maraiani and Coca Cola were a few famous drinks in bars. These drugs and drinks were claimed to be harmless and were widely consumed all over Europe.

Due to it’s popularity with Bohemian artists and writers and with the courtesans of the Moulin Rouge and Montmartre Absinthe was linked with these drugs.

Thujone was claimed both psychoactive and similar to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in the drug cannabis. The essential oils contain THC and Thujone which affects the central nervous system and the GABA receptors in the brain respectively. The heavy amount of wormwood intake causes hallucinations and fantasies, make the person feel euphoric, relieve pain and act as an aphrodisiac.

Absinthe was banned along with some drugs in the early 1900s and was made illegal to buy and sell in many countries around the world. Banning it was just a part of the hysteria of the time. Most of the people and websites are there today who mention Absinthe in the same sentence as magic mushrooms, LSD, weed, cannabis and ecstasy.

Absinthe Information – What we now know

We know that medical studies on Absintheand wormwood in the past were not accurate and were “colored” by the prohibition movement of the time and the worry that Absinthe was a drug. Recent studies have shown that Absinthe, once it is distilled, only contains very small amounts of thujone – not enough to cause any harmful side effects or hallucinations, that is just a myth. Even tests on vintage pre ban Absinthe has shown that it hardly contained any thujone at all. Thujone is not so harmful as the alcohol.

As many countries has authorized Absinthe so it can now be drunk anywhere across the world.

Even though it may not make you trip or get high, it is easy to get drunk on Absinthe because of its high proof. It has twice the alcohol content of spirits such as vodka or whisky so care should be taken when drinking it. The intoxication experienced from Absinthe is very different from other spirits or fermented beverages. It is said to be a “lucid” or “clear headed” type of drunkenness. This can be described by the blend of herbs and the alcohol. These qualities are also enhanced by preparing cocktails containing Absinthe and the caffeine loaded drink!

The false Absinthe information can create confusion to a person. There is fun to make this great anise flavor herbal alcoholic beverage. A person can also enjoy making his very own wormwood Absinthe at home by using real, top-quality Absinthe essences.A person can enjoy Absinthe in an economical way on AbsintheKit.com.