If you live in a country where
it is actually difficult to get real wormwood Absinthe, or you just fancy having a go at creating your personal Absinthe, you should know how to brew Absinthe in your own 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 as well as nutmeg. Czech company Sebor make use of a combination of 13 herbs, such as chamomile and mint in addition to wormwood, and a 100 year old recipe to create their Absinthe.
You can find 3 main methods to make your own Absinthe drink:-
1.Work with a recipe to distill your own Absinthe liquor.
2.Use an Absinthe Kit with a mixture of herbs and instructions.
3.Work with an Absinthe essence
How to Brew Absinthe Using a Recipe
Distilling liquor in your own home is illegal in most countries if you don’t possess a license and is quite complex. Typical home-brew recipes consist of:-
– Wormwood (Grande Wormwood, Artemisia Absinthium)
– Green Anise
The ingredients are first macerated for a few hours, heated after which slowly distilled and then colored with extra herbs including lemon balm, hyssop and petite wormwood. The mixture will then be heated again, then filtered as well as diluted.
Other recipes do not require distillation, merely a blend of herbs with alcohol. For example:-
– 30g/ 1 ounce dried Wormwood
– 1 teaspoon hyssop
– 1 tablespoon angelica
– 1 pinch of fennel seeds (could use anise instead)
– 1 teaspoon of lemon balm
– Â¼ teaspoon each of caraway seeds as well as coriander seeds
– 1 liter of Everclear or vodka
In a bottle mix chopped dried wormwood together with the alcohol and leave for 1-2 weeks in a cool dark place. Filter or sieve out the wormwood and blend additional herbs. Wait for three to four days and then filter or sieve again. The Absinthe is ready.
Brewing Absinthe in your own home through these ways just isn’t recommended. Distilling is tricky and usually illegal and just mixing the herbs with alcohol doesn’t give you a true Absinthe.
How To Brew Absinthe using a Herbal Blend Kit
There are numerous herbal kits available for sale online, for example the kits from Green Devil. Their kits include:-
– Their own unique micron filtering method.
– An Absinthe blend made up of grande wormwood, hyssop, calamus, melissa, anise seed, fennel seed, star anise as well as coriander see.
– Absinthe flavoring and finishing blend containing much more herbal ingredients.
Their Deluxe kit also includes two Absinthe spoons, two Absinthe glasses, a 1000ml bottle, two bottle labels, two muslin bags for infusing the herbs, a poster plus a pamphlet that contains info and instructions.
They claim that the finished Absinthe will contain up to 70-90mg of thujone per liter – rather a large amount of thujone, the chemical present in wormwood which has been once claimed to result in psychedelic effects. There’s no distilling involved hence the Absinthe produced will not be a true Absinthe.
How To Brew Absinthe Using an Essence
Absinthe essences are available to purchase from AbsintheKit.com are an easy way to create real Absinthe in your own home. The essences are produced from conventional Absinthe herbs and therefore are already distilled. Simply just mix the essence with Everclear or vodka and you will have your own personal bottle of the Green Fairy.
4 kinds of essence are available – one to create a classic verte Absinthe, one to create a clear La Bleue style Absinthe, one to make an orange flavored Absinthe and another to make a stronger more bitter Absinthe. All of them contain real wormwood and therefore are essences employed by the Absinthe industry.
AbsintheKit.com likewise sell their essences in kits containing enough essence to create 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels and a plastic measure. See the website to obtain additional information on how to brew Absinthe with their essences.