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 recipeshad 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 grande wormwood, aniseed, melissa, fennel, lemon balm, dittany, angelica root, hyssop, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.
There were no similarities in the recipes and ingredients of different manufacturers of the Green Fairy. Calamus root, mint, cloves, nutmeg, roman wormwood, anise seed, coriander, sweet flag and licorice are the other herbs used in Absinthe production. The name and the bitter taste of pre ban Absinthe was due to the herb wormwood, Artimesia Absinthium from which it was prepared.
People believed that the thujone chemical and THC in the drug cannabis have the same effects. Thujone is psychoactive and can cause psychedelic effects when consumed in large quantities. 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 which gave artists and writers their genius and inspiration! “A clear headed drunkenness” is description on being drunk on Absinthe.
Absinthe was unauthorized in France because Prohibitionists believed that it was a great danger for the country. 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. Absinthe production from plants, dried herbs or essential oils at home is not preferred. Why?
– Absinthe should not be used without distillation.
-Knowing the thujone content of drunked Absinthe is not possible.
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.
Buying Absinthe is now 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).
– Appropriate measure.
– One can purchase Artistic Labels to decorate Absinthe bottles.
One can produce 14 bottles of Absinthe from one bottle of essence!
Bottled Absinthe can be prepared by dissolving 20ml of the Absinthe essence with a neutral alcohol like Everclear or vodka.
Simple and easy to use and, because these essences are the very same as the ones sold to distilleries, you know that you are getting a safe, top-quality product.
One can get a large number of online cocktail Absinthe recipes. There is fun in searching and mixing the cocktails.