Pernod’s Absinthe, Original Pernod Fils, was initially distilled from wine and was comprised of many
natural herbs and essential oils from plants which includes grande wormwood, aniseed, melissa, fennel, lemon balm, dittany, angelica root, hyssop, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.
Various manufacturers of the Green Fairy (Absinthe’s nickname) utilized distinct 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 used in the creation of pre-ban Absinthe as it was the substance that gave Absinthe its typical bitter taste, along with its name.
Wormwood has the chemical thujone that was considered to be similar to THC in the drug cannabis. Thujone is psychoactive and can cause psychedelic effects when consumed in large quantities. Anise seed and fennel seed both contain anethole which is reported to be psychoactive and Angelica root is grown as being a drug in Lapland. Absinthe is a strange combination of sedatives and stimulants, obvious why artists and writers like Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde professed that it presented them their genius and determination! “A clear headed drunkenness” is how being drunk on Absinthe has been referred to.
Absinthe was notoriously prohibited in France in 1915 when Prohibitionists claimed that it was going to ruin the country and send everyone insane. However, research indicates that drinking Absinthe is simply as safe as drinking any of the other strong alcoholic drinks such as whisky and vodka. Absinthe is mainly alcohol and simply contains minute quantities of wormwood and also the other herbs so, if consumed moderately, isn’t real hazard to health.
Self-made Absinthe Recipes
There are lots of Absinthe recipes on the internet 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 has to be distilled.
– You’ve got no means of understanding the thujone content of your accomplished Absinthe – a bit risky.
It truly is much better to buy either a top quality Absinthe, being sure that it has got the vital ingredient wormwood, or to buy an Absinthe kit which consists of Absinthe essences which have previously been distilled.
You may even buy Absinthe in America now – Breaux’s label “Lucid” is legal in the USA.
AbsintheKit.com does great Absinthe kits which contain:-
– Absinthe essence – select from classic, white (helping to make clear Swiss style Absinthe, Strong 55 (with a 55mg thujone content) and Orange (flavored with orange oil).
– A measure.
– Artistic Labels to decorate your Absinthe bottles.
One bottle of essence could make 14 bottles of Absinthe!
To make Absinthe by using these kits you just mix 20ml of the Absinthe essence using a neutral alcohol like Everclear or vodka and that is exactly it – finished, your won bottle of Green Fairy.
Easy and simple to use and, since these essences are the exact same as the ones sold to distilleries, you are aware that you are getting a safe and secure, top-quality product.
Should you search on the internet there are lots of cocktail Absinthe recipes such as Ernest Hemingway’s famous “Death in the Afternoon” – Absinthe and champagne. Take pleasure in