There has been much controversy regarding the thujone levels in Absinthe and whether Absinthe can really make you hallucinate but what about its alcohol content – How much alcohol is in Absinthe?
Due to the label on all commercial alcoholic drinks about alcohol content people are capable for making informed decisions about drinking them and how much to consume.
The measurement of alcohol content is done by a hydrometer. A hydrometer seems slightly like a fishing float with a thermometer attached. When the hydrometer is put in liquid it floats upright. The water line will be at the level marked 1 after putting it in water.000, if it is put in sugared water the level will be higher because the water is denser. When the hydrometer is used in fermenting alcohol the float moves lower as the sugar is eaten by the yeast. A person needs to take the first measurement with the sugar but before the yeast is added and then the final measurement after the yeast has completed fermentation while preparing alcohol.
Alcohol by volume is known by the following formula
Alcohol content can be calculated by the formula Original gravity – Final gravity x 131 = Alcohol by volume.
Label is used for the alcohol by volume content of drinks in the EU and the United States but a few countries uses the proof. One can find proof to be approximately two times more alcohol by volume.
Different brands of Absinthe have different alcohol contents. Look at the following statistics:-
Lucid Absinthe 62% abv (124 proof)
Alcohol by volume is 53% in La Clandestine Absinthe
Sebor contains 55% abv
The alcohol content is found to be 60% in Pere Kermanns
The alcohol content in Pernod Absinthe is 68% abv
The alcohol content in Mari Mayans Collectors 70 is 70% abv (140 proof)
Knowledge of La Fee XS Absinthe Suisse 53% abv (106 proof)
The alcohol content is found to be 68% abv (136 proof) in La Fee XS Absinthe Francaise
La Fee Bohemian 70% abv (140 proof)
La Fee Parisian 68% abv (136 proof)
The alcohol by volume is 53% abv (106 proof) in Kubler 53
Doubs Mystique Carte D’Or contains 65% abv of alcohol
Roquette 1797 75% abv (150 proof)
The volume of alcohol in Jade PF 1901 is 68% abv
The alcohol content in Jade Edouard is 72% abv (144 proof)
Ideas about Jade Verte Suisse 65% abv (130 proof)
Jade Nouvelle Orleans 68% abv (136 proof)
As you can see Absinthe can range from 53% abv to 75% abv, quite a difference. Now, let’s compare those levels to other alcoholic drinks:-
Absolut Blue Vodka 40% abv (80 proof)
38% abv (76 proof) is there in Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila
The volume of alcohol in beer is about 4 to 5%.
Alcohol by volume in Table Wine is 9-12%.
The availibility of alcohol is 40% in Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky.
Everclear 95% abv (190 proof)
No other alcoholic drink seems to come close to Absinthe!
There can be differences in alcohol content of homemade Absinthes. An Absinthe essence is available at AbsintheKit.com.A person can see a great difference in the alcohol content of Absolut vodka and the Everclear.
Absinthe was banned in the 1900s because of claims that thujone, the chemical in wormwood, was like THC in the drug cannabis and that it was psychoactive and caused psychedelic effects. Consumption of enough amount of any liquor can be dangerous to health. As people in Memphis have understood this so Memphis was the city that drank the least alcohol in the USA in the year 2006.
Although alcohol is fine if consumed in moderation but one should know about alcohol content in Absinthe and other drinks.