A person should know about the interesting history of Absinthe. Absinthe was created in Couvet of Switzerland, in the late 18th century by a French doctor as a medicine. By 1805 the Absinthe recipes had got into the hands of Henri-Louis Pernod who started distilling it in his factory in Pontarlier in France.
Original Absinthe Recipes
Pernod’s Absinthe, Original Pernod Fils, was distilled from wine and contained many natural herbs and essential oils from plants including grand wormwood, aniseed, melissa, fennel, lemon balm, dittany, angelica root, hyssop, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.
A variety of recipes and ingredients were used by different producers of Absinthe,The Green Fairy. Absinthe is also prepared using the herbs like calamus root, mint, cloves, nutmeg, roman wormwood, anise seed, coriander, sweet flag and licorice. The herb wormwood, Artimesia Absinthium, was always used in the making of pre-ban Absinthe because it was the ingredient that gave Absinthe its characteristic bitter taste, as well as its name.
The thujone content in wormwood was believed to be similar to THC in the drug cannabis. One can have psychedelic effects due to large quantity of thujone intake. Anethole is said to be psychoactive which is content of anise seed and fennel seed and Lapland grow Angelica root in the form of drug. Absinthe is a mysterious mix of sedatives and stimulants, no wonder that artists and writers like Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde claimed that it gave them their genius and inspiration! “A clear headed drunkenness” is description on being drunk on Absinthe.
Absinthe was claimed to be dangerous for the society so it was illegalized in France in 1915. Although studies proved that Absinthe as safe as consuming any other strong alcoholic drinks. Absinthe is mainly alcohol and only contains minute quantities of wormwood and the other herbs so there is no danger to health from it.
Homemade Absinthe Recipes
There are many Absinthe recipes on the Internet using different herbs and different methods – steeping, filtering etc. It is not recommended to make Absinthe at home from plants, dried herbs or essential oils. Why?
– One should distill the Absinthe.
– You have no way of knowing the thujone content of your finished Absinthe – a bit risky.
It is far better to buy either a quality Absinthe, making sure that it’s got the vital ingredient wormwood, or to buy an Absinthe kit which consists of Absinthe essences that have already been distilled.
Breaux’s label “Lucid” is legal in the USA.
AbsintheKit.com does great Absinthe kits which consist of:-
– Absinthe essence – choose from classic, white (which makes clear Swiss style Absinthe, Strong 55 (with a 55mg thujone content) and Orange (flavored with orange oil).
– A measure of.
– Buy Artistic Labels for decorating Absinthe bottles.
A single bottle of essence is enough to make 14 bottles of Absinthe!
Bottled Absinthe can be prepared by dissolving 20ml of the Absinthe essence with a neutral alcohol like Everclear or vodka.
There is surety of getting a safe, top-quality product because these essences are alike the ones sold to distilleries.
Lots of cocktail Absinthe recipes are there for a person on the Internet. Enjoy finding and mixing your cocktails.