Pernod’s Absinthe, Original Pernod Fils, was initially distilled from wine and was comprised of a lot of
natural herbs and essential oils from plants like grande wormwood, aniseed, melissa, fennel, lemon balm, dittany, angelica root, hyssop, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.
Various manufacturers of the Green Fairy (Absinthe’s nickname) made use of different recipes and ingredients. Other herbs employed in Absinthe production included calamus root, mint, cloves, nutmeg, roman wormwood, anise seed, coriander, sweet flag and licorice. The herb wormwood, Artimesia Absinthium, was always utilised in the creation of pre-ban Absinthe as it was the ingredient that gave Absinthe its typical bitter taste, along with its name.
Wormwood contains the chemical thujone that was considered to be just like THC in the drug cannabis. Thujone is psychoactive and could cause psychedelic effects when taken in big amounts. Anise seed and fennel seed both contain anethole that is considered to be psychoactive and Angelica root is grown as a drug in Lapland. Absinthe is a mystical combination of sedatives and stimulants, no wonder that artists and writers similar to Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde reported that it gave them their genius and inspiration! “A clear headed drunkenness” is how being drunk on Absinthe has long been referred to.
Absinthe was famously restricted in France in 1915 when Prohibitionists claimed that it was going to ruin the nation and send everyone insane. However, research indicates that drinking Absinthe is just as safe as drinking many of the other strong alcoholic drinks just like whisky and vodka. Absinthe is primarily alcohol and just contains tiny volumes of wormwood and also the other herbs so, if consumed moderately, isn’t real hazard to health.
Home made Absinthe Recipes
There are lots of Absinthe recipes on the internet using different herbs and various methods – steeping, filtering etc. but making Absinthe from home from plants, dried herbs or essential oils isn’t to be encouraged. Why?
– Absinthe ought to be distilled.
– You have no way of understanding the thujone content of your completed Absinthe – a tad risky.
It’s much better to buy either a quality Absinthe, ensuring that it’s got the vital ingredient wormwood, or to buy an Absinthe kit which comprises of Absinthe essences which have already been distilled.
It’s also possible to buy Absinthe in the United States now – Breaux’s label “Lucid” is legal in the USA.
AbsintheKit.com does excellent Absinthe kits which consist of:-
– Absinthe essence – choose from classic, white (that makes clear Swiss style Absinthe, Strong 55 (with a 55mg thujone content) and Orange (flavoured with orange oil).
– A measure.
– Artistic Labels to brighten your Absinthe bottles.
One bottle of essence can make 14 bottles of Absinthe!
To create Absinthe by using these kits you merely mix 20ml of the Absinthe essence using a neutral alcohol just like Everclear or vodka and that is exactly it – finished, your won bottle of Green Fairy.
Simple and easy to use and, as these essences are the exact same as the ones sold to distilleries, you are aware that you are getting a safe and secure, top-quality product.
In the event you do some searching online you will find lots of cocktail Absinthe recipes like Ernest Hemingway’s famous “Death in the Afternoon” – Absinthe and champagne. Take pleasure in