How To Distill Absinthe Adequately

There are numerous websites giving Absinthe recipes as well as tutorials and help regarding how to distill Absinthe, the Green Fairy, or La Fee Verte, the strong alcoholic beverage enjoyed by the likes of Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway.

In case you are in the United States and you just wish to distill your individual Absinthe, or any other alcohol, officially you need a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms since it is illegal to distill alcohol with no proper license.

How to Distill Absinthe from home

Recipes and guides on the net include the subsequent recipes:-

A recipe just like an 1855 Pontarlier Recipe
– Macerate 25g wormwood (botanical name Artemesia Absinthium), 50g fennel and 50g anise in 950ml 85% abv inside a 2 liter flask.
– Add 450ml distilled water.
– Do a pot still distillation, accumulate 950ml of distillate.
– Split 400ml of the distillate and mix in 10g of Roman Wormwood (Artemisia Pontica), 5g lemon balm, 10g hyssop and macerate at 60C.
– Filter and mix together with the remaining 550ml distillate and dilute to 74% abv to create 1 liter of Absinthe.

(Recipe from and originally from “Scientific American”, June 1989)

Some other recipes on the internet contain additional herbs such as sage, mint, galangal, ginger, sweet flag, licorice, aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg and also cardamon.

Distillation is not only illegal in certain countries but it’s also complicated Thankfully, you can find kits available on the internet from different suppliers to help you make Absinthe from home simply and conveniently without resorting to distillation.

Absinthe Essence Kits develop Absinthe essences for the Absinthe industry and then for consumers. The essences are manufactured with top-quality essential oils and herbs and also by high tech carbon dioxide distillation. Every essence has already been distilled, all you need to do is mix by using a neutral alcohol base like Everclear or vodka and then you can also enjoy your own personal Absinthe in your own home.

The Absinthe essences may either be obtained in 20ml bottles at $3.95 ($4.95 for Strong 55) which is enough to create one 750ml bottle of Absinthe, or perhaps in a 280ml bottle (to make 14 bottles of Absinthe) within a kit with artistic bottle labels and a handy plastic measure. The kits are $29 or $39 for the Strong 55 kit.

Four kinds of essence can be obtained – one to create a classic green Absinthe, an orange oil flavored essence, an essence to create clear Swiss style Absinthe plus a stronger essence to make an Absinthe which has a more bitter wormwood flavor more. All essences comprise real wormwood along with other traditional herbs which include aniseed and fennel. The Strong 55 gives a thujone content of 55mg per 750ml bottle of Absinthe and also the other essences offer a content of 35mg.

There exists a guide on how to utilize the essences on the website. likewise sell replicas of antique 19th century Absinthe glasses, including the Pontarlier glass, and Absinthe spoons, like the famous Eiffel Tower spoon created to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. Using the proper Absinthiana (Absinthe equipment) will truly put you in the correct mood to prepare and drink your perfect Absinthe drink.