If you type in “Absinthe recipe” on a browser’s search engine you’ll findplenty of free DIY recipes and instructions to make Absinthe from home. Some recipes I found absinthe-recipe.com contained ingredients such as wormwood, hyssop, calamus root, mint, cloves, fennell seeds, star anise, nutmeg, ouzo and Everclear. Now, these herbs all seem to be acceptable herbs in making Absinthe and the Everclear and Ouzo give the homemade Absinthe its alcohol content BUT making Absinthe at home from herbs isn’t as simple as making homemade beer and is particularly very risky.
Common Wormwood, or Artimesia Absinthium, has been regarded as a hallucinogen in large doses and calamus root and nutmeg are all herbs which are psychoactive and can have psychodelic effects. The alcohol and other ingredients may have a sedative effect and the alcohol is obviously an intoxicant. Is it really safe to blend these herbs with alcohol using recipes from the Internet? Probably not! This type of Green Fairy may make you feel rather ill!
It is best to buy top quality Absinthe brands like Pernod, Hapsburg, Mari Mayans and Rodniks from known suppliers or to get Absinthe essences online from companies like AbsintheKit.com. You can buy Absinthe, also known as Absenta, with or without wormwood although a lot of people think that Absinthe is not Absinthe without wormwood, after all that’s how it got its name.
Absinthe Recipe – The Practice
When you have bought your quality Absinthe, or made a bottle from essence, you will need to learn to prepare proper Absinthe, the Absinthe from history enjoyed by famous artists and writers like Oscar Wilde and Van Gogh.
Pour about 25-50ml of Absinthe on the glass.Put the cube of sugar to the spoon and rest over the glass.
Slowly pour or drip the cold water over the sugar and on the Absinthe.
Enjoy La Louche – the essential oils of the herbs in the Absinthe are certainly not water soluble and so louche or cloud making the drink milky. It is good to view.
You can purchase antique Absinthiana including spoons, glasses and Absinthe fountains or buy cheaper replicas. These can give your Absinthe preparation and drinking real style. An Absinthe fountain enables you to control the dripping of the water to give you a fantastic louche effect.
There are plenty of cocktail drinks you can certainly make with Absinthe, like Ernest Hemingway’s favorite “Death in the Afternoon” that is a mix of Absinthe and champagne.
Stay away from any Absinthe Recipe for homemade Absinthe and purchase safe products where the levels of thujone and psychoactive herbs are controlled and measured.