Absinthe has an exciting history. Absinthe was created in the town of Couvet, in Switzerland, during the late eighteenth century by a French doctor who used it as an elixir or tonic for his patients. By 1805 the Absinthe recipes had got into the hands of Henri-Louis Pernod who began distilling it into his factory in Pontarlier in France.
First Absinthe Recipes
Pernod’s Absinthe, Original Pernod Fils, was initially distilled from wine and included quite a few natural herbs and essential oils from plants like grande wormwood, aniseed, melissa, fennel, lemon balm, dittany, angelica root, hyssop, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.
Several manufacturers of the Green Fairy (Absinthe’s nickname) used distinct recipes and ingredients. Other herbs employed in Absinthe production involved calamus root, mint, cloves, nutmeg, roman wormwood, anise seed, coriander, sweet flag and licorice. The herb wormwood, Artimesia Absinthium, was always utilised in absinthe-recipe the making of pre-ban Absinthe because it was the element that gave Absinthe its typical bitter taste, along with its name.
Wormwood has the chemical thujone which was believed to be similar to THC in the drug cannabis. Thujone is psychoactive and can cause psychedelic effects when used in large quantities. Anise seed and fennel seed both contain anethole that is said to be psychoactive and Angelica root is grown as a drug in Lapland. Absinthe is a mystical mix of sedatives and stimulants, no wonder that artists and writers like Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde believed that it provided them their genius and creativity! “A clear headed drunkenness” is how being drunk on Absinthe has long been identified.
Absinthe was famously prohibited in France in 1915 when Prohibitionists claimed that it would definitely ruin the nation and send everyone insane. However, research has shown that drinking Absinthe is simply as safe as drinking many of the other strong alcoholic drinks such as whisky and vodka. Absinthe is primarily alcohol and only contains minute amounts of wormwood as well as the other herbs so, if consumed moderately, is no real hazard to health.
Self-made Absinthe Recipes
There are several Absinthe recipes over the internet using different herbs as well as other methods – steeping, filtering etc. but making Absinthe from home from plants, dried herbs or essential oils just isn’t to be recommended. Why?
– Absinthe must be distilled.
– You’ve got no way of learning the thujone content of your completed Absinthe – a tad risky.
It’s best to buy either a high quality Absinthe, being sure that it has the vital ingredient wormwood, or to buy an Absinthe kit which is made up of Absinthe essences which have already been distilled.
You may even buy Absinthe in the USA now – Breaux’s label “Lucid” is legal in the USA.
AbsintheKit.com does fantastic Absinthe kits which contain:-
– Absinthe essence – select from classic, white (helping to make clear Swiss style Absinthe, Strong 55 (with a 55mg thujone content) and Orange (flavored with orange oil).
– A measure.
– Artistic Labels to embellish your Absinthe bottles.
One bottle of essence could make 14 bottles of Absinthe!
To create Absinthe with these kits you just mix 20ml of the Absinthe essence by using a neutral alcohol such as Everclear or vodka and that is it – finished, your won bottle of Green Fairy.
Quick and easy to make use of and, because these essences are the very same as the ones sold to distilleries, you already know that you are getting a safe and secure, top-quality product.
Should you do some searching online you will find lots of cocktail Absinthe recipes like Ernest Hemingway’s famous “Death in the Afternoon” – Absinthe and champagne. Take pleasure in choosing and mixing your cocktails.