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
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.