If you live in a country where it is hard to find real wormwood Absinthe, or you just fancy having a go at making your very own Absinthe, you will want to know how to brew Absinthe at home.
Absinthe of Henri-Louis Pernod was made with the use of a wine base and herbs in addition with aniseed, hyssop, fennel, lemon balm, star anise, angelica, veronica, juniper, dittany and nutmeg. A blend of 13 herbs, in addition with chamomile and mint in addition to wormwood and a 100 year old recipe is used by Czech company Sebor in the preparation of Absinthe.
There are 3 main ways to make your own Absinthe drink:-
1.Absinthe liquor can be distilled by a recipe.
2.Use an Absinthe Kit with a blend of herbs and instructions.
3.Use an Absinthe essence
How to Brew Absinthe Using a Recipe
Distilling liquor at home is illegal in most countries unless you have a license and is quite complicated. Typical home-brew recipes include:-
- Wormwood (Grande Wormwood, Artemisia Absinthium)
- Knowledge of Green Anise
The ingredients are first macerated for several hours, heated and then slowly distilled and then colored with extra herbs such as lemon balm, hyssop and petite wormwood. After that the mixture is heated again, then filtered and diluted.
Distillation is not necessary for other recipes. Take an example:-
- One will need 30g/ 1 ounce dried Wormwood
- 1 teaspoon hyssop
- 1 tablespoon angelica is required
- 1 pinch of fennel seeds or anise seeds
- A teaspoon of lemon balm is necessary for it
- There is requirement of ¼ teaspoon each of caraway seeds and coriander seeds
- 1 liter of Everclear or vodka
In a bottle mix chopped dried wormwood with the alcohol and leave for 1-2 weeks in a cool dark place. One will have to filter the wormwood and mix in the other herbs. Refilter after 3 or 4 days. One can have the Absinthe now.
Brewing Absinthe at home in these ways is not recommended. Distillation is necessary for getting real Absinthe.
How To Brew Absinthe with a Herbal Blend Kit
There are many different herbal kits on sale online, for example the kits from Green Devil. Their kits include:-
- Unique micron filtration system for them.
- A person can buy an Absinthe blend to get grande wormwood, hyssop, calamus, melissa, anise seed, fennel seed, star anise and coriander.
- Absinthe flavoring and finishing blend containing sufficient herbal contents.
Their Deluxe kit also contains two Absinthe spoons, two Absinthe glasses, a 1000ml bottle, two bottle labels, two muslin bags for infusing the herbs, a poster and a pamphlet containing information and instructions.
They claim that their finished Absinthe will contain as much as 70-90mg of thujone per liter which is the chemical found in wormwood and was believed to cause psychedelic effects. It is necessary to distill the Absinthe to get a real Absinthe.
How To Brew Absinthe With an Essence
Absinthe essences are available to buy from AbsintheKit.A real Absinthe can be prepared at home by visiting AbsintheKit.com. The distilled essences are manufactured from traditional Absinthe herbs. Simply mix the essence with Everclear or vodka and you have your very own bottle of the Green Fairy.
4 types of essence are available – one to make a classic verte Absinthe, one to make a clear La Bleue style Absinthe, one to make an orange flavored Absinthe and another to make a stronger more bitter Absinthe. Real wormwood is their content and the Absinthe industry uses essences.
AbsintheKit.There are essence, bottle labels and a plastic measure in the Absinthe kits sold at the site AbsintheKit.com. A person can go through their website to get more information on how to brew Absinthe with their essences.