Many people are interested in trying Absinthe but are put off by the prices of bottles in shops and online. You may even find it difficult to get real wormwood Absinthe in your home country. So how make your own Absinthe?
You can make your own traditional wormwood Asbinthe liquor at home. You do not need a degree in chemistry to make the Green Fairy, there are websites offering an Absinthe recipe and Absinthe educational resources. Or, to make life easier, there are many suppliers and websites where you can buy Absinthe kits along with full instructions.
How Make Your Own Absinthe Using Kits
Some kits available online provide you with various herbs such as wormwood, aniseed, fennel, hyssop, lemon balm, anise, angelica and other classic herbal ingredients. You then either have to steep these herbs or mix with a neutral alcohol such as vodka and then filter the mixture. There is no distillation involved.
Green Devil Absinthe Kits
Green Devil are a company selling Absinthe brewing kits online. Their kits include:-
– An Absinthe Blend containing Grand wormwood, hyssop, calamus, melissa, anise seed, fennel seed, star anise, coriander seed.
– Absinthe Flavoring and Finishing Blend containing mint, melissa, wormwood, citron peel and liquorice root.
The herbs provided are all organic and have been growing without the use of chemicals.
Also included in their kits are:-
– Unique micron filtration system – This uses carbon filters to filter the Absinthe, instead of distillation.
The Deluxe kit which is $54.95 also includes two Absinthe spoons, two Absinthe glasses, a 1000ml bottle, two bottle labels, two muslin bags for infusing the herbs, a Green Devil poster and an information leaflet with recipes, instructions and facts. The herbs will make 2 liters of Absinthe.
The finished Absinthe will contain approximately 70-90mg of thujone per liter. Thujone is a chemical found in Absinthe which was thought to be harmful and have psychedelic effects. When it is consumed in high doses it can effect the GABA receptors in the brain and cause convulsions and muscle spasms. 70-90mg of thujone is approximately 8 times the amount of thujone in commercial Absinthe sold in Europe and much higher than even vintage Absinthe.
AbsintheKit.com sell Absinthe essences which are made from the traditional Absinthe herbs and are already distilled using high tech carbon dioxide distillation. They are easy to use – simply mix with vodka or Everclear and you have your very own Absinthe.
These essences are top-quality essences which the company also sell to the Absinthe industry. 20ml of essence makes one 750ml bottle of real Absinthe and an essence costs $3.95 or $4.95 for the stronger essence.
These essences are also available as kits which contain enough essence to make 14 bottles of Absinthe, bottle labels and a plastic measure. The kits cost $29.00 or $39.00 – a great price for 14 bottles of Absinthe. You just have to buy the vodka.
There are 4 types of essence available – a classic green essence, an essence for making clear (white) Absinthe, an orange flavored essence and a Strong Absinthe essence. The first three will make an Absinthe containing 35mg of thujone and the strong essence makes an Absinthe containing 55mg of thujone.
So, that’s how make your own Absinthe. It’s easy to make and enjoy your own Green Fairy drink at home.