There are different types of Absinthe kits available to buy online, all of them designed to make your very own “Green Fairy” bottled Absinthe drinks.
With some kits you have to follow a recipe and steep a selection of traditional Absinthe herbs, such as wormwood, aniseed and fennel, for a few days or use a special 2 step steeping process. With other Absinthe kits, you have to mix Absinthe herbs with a neutral alcohol base, such as vodka, and then filter the mixture after a few days. Neither of these methods will make real Absinthe because there is no distillation involved.
Some of these Absinthe kits could also be dangerous. One available online claimed to make an Absinthe liquor with a thujone content of 80-90mg. Studies have shown that vintage Absinthe from the 19th century and early 1900s contained only a small amount of thujone, nowhere near 80mg! Thujone is a chemical found in wormwood which can be toxic and affect the GABA receptors in the brain causing muscle spasms and convulsions when consumed in large quantities.
Absinthe was banned in the early 1900s because it was thought to have psychedelic effects, cause insanity and hallucinations. This has now been totally disproved and Absinthe is legal in most countries. Absinthe is no more harmful than any of the other strong spirits such as whisky and vodka.
Absinthe Kits from AbsintheKit.com
The Absinthe kits from AbsintheKit.com contain an Absinthe essence, made from distilling traditional Absinthe herbs (wormwood, aniseed, fennel and star anise), bottle labels and a measure to measure out the essence. These essences are the very same essences which the company also sell to the Absinthe industry.
A 280ml bottle of essence makes 14 bottles of Absinthe and four types of essence are available:-
- Absinthe Classics Essence – The number one seller and the one that is sold the most to the Absinthe industry. This essence makes classic green Absinthe and a 750ml bottle of Absinthe made using this essence will contain 35mg of thujone.
- White Absinthe Pro – This essence will make a 35mg thujone content Swiss style clear Absinthe like a La Bleue. If you like the Swiss clandestine styles of Absinthe then this is the one for you.
- Orange Absinthe Pro – Flavored with real orange oil, this essence will make a wonderful orange flavored yellow-orange Absinthe with a 35mg thujone content. Absinthe with a twist!
- Absinthe 55 Strong Pro – This Absinthe essence makes a stronger and greener Absinthe with a higher thujone content – 55mg. This essence contains more wormwood and so gives a more bitter flavor.
All of these essences have a safe level of thujone and are easy to use following the instructions provided. All you have to do is measure out 20ml of essence and mix with 730ml of neutral alcohol such as vodka or Everclear. You can add sugar if you like a smoother Absinthe. There you have it, your very own Green Fairy!
As well as Absinthe kits, AbsintheKit.com also sell beautiful replica Absinthe glasses and spoons. The Ritual just isn’t right without a traditional glass and spoon because to prepare proper Absinthe you have to drip iced water over a sugar cube on a slotted spoon to gradually mix with the Absinthe and cause the Absinthe to louche.