Knowledge of brewing Absinthe at home is important when there is non availability of real wormwood Absinthe.
A wine base and herbs including aniseed, hyssop, fennel, lemon balm, star anise, angelica, veronica, juniper, dittany and nutmeg were used by Henri-Louis Pernod for making his Absinthe. Besides using a blend of 13 herbs Czech company Sebor also uses 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.One will need a recipe to distill his own Absinthe liquor.
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 going through the heating process one has to filter and dilute the solution.
Distillation is not necessary for other recipes. Take an example:-
– Take 30g/ 1 ounce dried Wormwood
– Take 1 teaspoon hyssop
– One will need a tablespoon angelica
– 1 pinch of fennel seeds or anise seeds
– Take 1 teaspoon of lemon balm
– Take 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. After filtering the wormwood mix it in the other herbs. After 3 or 4 days sieve it again. This is the real Absinthe.
Brewing Absinthe at home in these ways is not recommended. Distilling is tricky and usually illegal and simply mixing the herbs with alcohol does not give a true Absinthe.
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 are available with these things
– Unique micron filtration system is done for them.
– An Absinthe blend includes grande wormwood, hyssop, anise seed, fennel seed, calamus, melissa, star anise and coriander seed.
– Absinthe flavoring and finishing blend having enough herbal ingredients.
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.
They claim that their finished Absinthe will contain as much as 70-90mg of thujone per liter which is the chemical found in wormwood and was believed to cause psychedelic effects. One will not get a true Absinthe without distillation.
How To Brew Absinthe With an Essence
Absinthe essences are available to buy from AbsintheKit.One can visit AbsintheKit.com to make real Absinthe at home. The distilled essences are manufactured from traditional Absinthe herbs. Simply mix the essence with Everclear or vodka and you have your very own bottle of the Green Fairy.
With the help of 4 types of essence one can a classic verte Absinthe, a clear La Bleue style Absinthe, an orange flavored Absinthe and a stronger more bitter Absinthe. Real wormwood is their content and the Absinthe industry uses essences.
AbsintheKit.Absinthe essence, bottle labels and a plastic measure is available in Absinthe kit. A person can go through their website to get more information on how to brew Absinthe with their essences.