Pernod’s Absinthe, Original Pernod Fils, was initially distilled from wine and included many
natural herbs and essential oils from plants like grande wormwood, aniseed, melissa, fennel, lemon balm, dittany, angelica root, hyssop, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.
Different manufacturers of the Green Fairy (Absinthe’s nickname) made use of different recipes and ingredients. Other herbs utilized in Absinthe production involved calamus root, mint, cloves, nutmeg, roman wormwood, anise seed, coriander, sweet flag and licorice. The herb wormwood, Artimesia Absinthium, was always utilized in the creation of pre-ban Absinthe as it was the element that gave Absinthe its characteristic bitter taste, as well as its name.
Wormwood has got 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 ingested in big amounts. Anise seed and fennel seed both contain anethole that’s considered to be psychoactive and Angelica root is grown as being a drug in Lapland. Absinthe is a mysterious mixture of sedatives and stimulants, obvious why artists and writers such as Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde believed that it gave them their genius and inspiration! “A clear headed drunkenness” is how being drunk on Absinthe has long been described.
Absinthe was famously suspended in France in 1915 when Prohibitionists claimed that it would ruin the country and send everyone insane. However, studies have shown that drinking Absinthe can be just as safe as drinking many of the other strong alcoholic drinks such as whisky and vodka. Absinthe is primarily alcohol and only contains small amounts of wormwood and also the other herbs so, if consumed in moderation, is no real health risk.
Home made Absinthe Recipes
There are lots of Absinthe recipes on the web using different herbs and various methods – steeping, filtering etc. but making Absinthe in your own home from plants, dried herbs or essential oils is not to be encouraged. Why?
– Absinthe must be distilled.
– You have no means of knowing the thujone content of your finished Absinthe – a lttle bit risky.
It’s advisable to buy either a high quality Absinthe, being sure that it has got the vital ingredient wormwood, or to buy an Absinthe kit which comprises of Absinthe essences that have been distilled.
You can even buy Absinthe in America now – Breaux’s label “Lucid” is legal in the USA.
AbsintheKit.com does great Absinthe kits which consist of:-
– Absinthe essence – select 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 embellish your Absinthe bottles.
One bottle of essence could 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 such as Everclear or vodka and that’s it – finished, your won bottle of Green Fairy.
Quick and simple to make use of and, since these essences are the very same as the ones sold to distilleries, you know that you are getting a safe, top-quality product.
If you do some searching online you will find lots of cocktail Absinthe recipes such as Ernest Hemingway’s famous “Death in the Afternoon” – Absinthe and champagne. Enjoy