What alcohol is use in Absinthe?


Henri-Louis Pernod, who first distilled commercial Absinthe during the early 19th century in Pontarlier, France, used a wine alcohol base. He distilled the alcohol with herbs for instance wormwood, fennel, aniseed, hyssop, angelica, lemon balm, star anise, juniper, veronica, dittany and also nutmeg green absinthe. Wine is the conventional base for Absinthe but some distillers use other kinds of alcohol.

If you try to find Absinthe recipes online, you will see that most of them include steeping blends of herbs in liquor like Everclear, white rum or vodka.

How can you Create Absinthe in your own home?

However some recipes on the web are for distilling Absinthe, distillation of liquor with no license is illegal in many countries and you simply require the right equipment and you need to know what you’re doing. So, are there any other ways of making Absinthe?

– Steeping and Filtering – This usually involves steeping herbs just like wormwood, fennel, aniseed, calamus root, star anise, mint, coriander seeds, cloves etc. for several days or perhaps a few weeks in the neutral alcohol base and then filtering. Just distillation will give you a true Absinthe, this will just provide you with an Absinthe flavored vodka.

– Employing an Absinthe Kit – Most of the kits available on the internet, such as the ones from Green Devil, are just steeping kits. They are easier than finding and preparing your own herbs but you are simply steeping the herbs in vodka again and coming up with a flavored vodka.


– Using an Absinthe kit form AbsintheKit.com is a much easier and better approach to make Absinthe at home. AbsintheKit.com create essences for the Absinthe industry and the essences are made by distilling conventional Absinthe herbs in alcohol. The distillation is performed for you and all you should do is mix the essence with vodka or Everclear and you’ve got a genuine Absinthe drink.

The essences can be found in four different types:-
– Classic Green Essence to make a vintage “verte” Absinthe which has a thujone content of 35mg per bottle.
– Clear Absinthe Essence to produce a clandestine La Bleue style Absinthe. This also carries a thujone content of 35mg.
– Orange Essence to make Absinthe which has a twist. This essence is likely to make a yellow-orange colored Absinthe with a natural orange flavor and a thujone content of 35mg.
– Strong 55 Essence is likely to make an Absinthe having a higher thujone content (55mg) as well as a more bitter wormwood flavour.

You may either purchase a 20ml bottle of essence for $3.95 to produce one 750ml bottle of Absinthe or get a kit for $29 to produce 14 bottles of Absinthe. A kit comes with a handy plastic gauge and 14 creative bottle labels. All that you should supply is the neutral alcohol base. Remember that the alcohol content of your Absinthe will depend on your alcohol base. Be mindful, drink Absinthe sparingly because it’s a significantly more powerful beverage than other spirits as well as fermented drinks.

What alcohol is use in Absinthe? A wine alcohol base or maybe a neutral alcohol which doesn’t have a strong taste of its own – Everclear, vodka or 151 rum.