Many people are searching online wanting to know how to make homemade Absinth (the German or Czech spelling) or Absinthe. It is such a mythical and mysterious drink and is also quite expensive so it is natural for people to look for ways to save money and have a bit of fun at the same time.
But, is it even possible to make homemade Absinthe? Yes and No.
Firstly, what is Absinthe? Absinthe is a wonderful liquor which has an interesting green color and an anise flavor. The green color gave it its nickname “The Green Fairy” or “La Fee Verte” in French. Absinthe is also available clear, this is called La Bleue or Blanche. In the past, it was thought that thujone in the drink could make people hallucinate or trip but this myth has now been proved false, Absinthe does not contain enough thujone.
Absinthe is a distilled liquor made in distilleries by macerating Absinthe herbs such as wormwood, aniseed and fennel. The distillation process allows the aromatic flavors of the herbs and essential oils to mix into the alcohol while getting rid of negative components like the bitterness of the wormwood. Other herbal ingredients are then used to give Absinthe its characteristic green color and other subtle flavors. The color comes from the chlorophyll in the plants. Can you do this at home? No, not unless you have got a license and a still!
How To Make Homemade Absinth or Absinthe
There are many recipes online to help you make Absinthe at home with herbal ingredients and alcohol but with this kind of recipe you are simply steeping and filtering and making a herbal flavored alcohol rather than making proper distilled Absinthe.
You can even buy kits from companies like Green Devil. Such companies provide you with a filters and blends of herbs including additional herbs such as calamus root and mint. Again these kits only produce Absinthe flavored alcohol, not the real Green Fairy!
How To Make Homemade Absinth or Absinthe properly
To do this you either have to set up a distillery or use distilled essences like those available from AbsintheKit.com.
– Classic Green Absinthe Essence – Makes a classic green colored Absinthe.
– Orange Absinthe Essence – Makes a yellow-orange colored Absinthe which is naturally flavored with orange oil.
– Clear Absinthe Essence – Makes a Blanche or La Bleue style Absinthe.
– Strong 55 – Makes an Absinthe with a more intense wormwood flavor.
All four of these essences contain real wormwood with aniseed and fennel and are distilled using high tech carbon dioxide distillation. They are top-quality and are used by the Absinthe industry. These essences make a proper classic Absinthe and you only need 20ml to make 750ml of Absinthe – all you do is mix the essence with Everclear or vodka. No need to know how to make homemade Absinth or Absinthe when you can use these essences. See their website for further details and for Absinthiana such as replica Absinthe glasses and spoons.