Pernod’s Absinthe, Original Pernod Fils, had been distilled from wine and was comprised of a lot of
natural herbs and essential oils from plants including grande wormwood, aniseed, melissa, fennel, lemon balm, dittany, angelica root, hyssop, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.
Several manufacturers of the Green Fairy (Absinthe’s nickname) utilized different recipes and ingredients. Other herbs used 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 element that gave Absinthe its characteristic bitter taste, along with its name.
Wormwood contains the chemical thujone which had been thought to be similar to THC in the drug cannabis. Thujone is psychoactive and can easily cause psychedelic effects when consumed in large quantities. Anise seed and fennel seed both contain anethole that is considered to be psychoactive and Angelica root is grown as being a drug in Lapland. Absinthe is a strange mix of sedatives and stimulants, obvious why artists and writers similar to Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde reported that it gave them their genius and creativity! “A clear headed drunkenness” is how being drunk on Absinthe has been referred to.
Absinthe was famously forbidden in France in 1915 when Prohibitionists claimed that it was going to ruin the land and send everyone insane. However, studies show that drinking Absinthe is just as safe as drinking any of the other strong alcoholic drinks just like whisky and vodka. Absinthe is mainly alcohol and simply contains small amounts of wormwood and the other herbs so, if consumed sparingly, is no real health risk.
Self-made Absinthe Recipes
There are many Absinthe recipes over the internet using different herbs as well as other methods – steeping, filtering etc. but making Absinthe from home from plants, dried herbs or essential oils is not to be encouraged. Why?
– Absinthe ought to be distilled.
– You’ve got no manner of understanding the thujone content of your completed Absinthe – a tad risky.
It truly is much better to buy either a quality Absinthe, ensuring that it has the vital ingredient wormwood, or to buy an Absinthe kit which is made up of Absinthe essences that have previously been distilled.
You can also buy Absinthe in America now – Breaux’s label “Lucid” is legal in the USA.
AbsintheKit.com does fantastic Absinthe kits which consist of:-
– Absinthe essence – select from classic, white (helping to make 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 will make 14 bottles of Absinthe!
To produce Absinthe by using these kits you simply mix 20ml of the Absinthe essence by using a neutral alcohol just like Everclear or vodka and that is it – finished, your won bottle of Green Fairy.
Simple and easy to make use of and, since these essences are the very same as the ones sold to distilleries, you are aware that you’re getting a good, top-quality product.
If you search on the internet you will find lots of cocktail Absinthe recipes just like Ernest Hemingway’s famous “Death in the Afternoon” – Absinthe and champagne. Take pleasure in