How To Distill Absinthe Effectively

There are lots of websites giving Absinthe recipes and even

tutorials and help on how to distill Absinthe, the Green Fairy, or La Fee Verte, the strong alcoholic drink enjoyed by the likes of Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway.

In case you are in the United States and you would like to distill your own personal Absinthe, or some other alcohol, officially you will need a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms since it is illegal to distill alcohol without a proper license.

How to Distill Absinthe in your own home

Recipes and guides on the Internet consist of the following recipes:-

A recipe similar to an 1855 Pontarlier Recipe
– Macerate 25g wormwood (botanical name Artemesia Absinthium), 50g fennel and 50g anise in 950ml 85% abv in a 2 liter flask.
– Put 450ml distilled water.
– Perform a pot still distillation, accumulate 950ml of distillate.
– Split 400ml of the distillate and mix in 10g of Roman Wormwood (Artemisia Pontica), 5g lemon balm, 10g hyssop and macerate at 60C.
– Filter and mix with the leftover 550ml distillate and dilute to 74% abv to make 1 liter of Absinthe.

(Recipe from and originally from “Scientific American”, June 1989)

Additional recipes on the web include additional herbs just like sage, mint, galangal, ginger, sweet flag, licorice, aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon.

Distillation is not only illegal in certain countries however it is also difficult. Thankfully, you will find kits available on the internet from different suppliers to help you make Absinthe at home simply and conveniently without resorting to distillation.

Absinthe Essence Packages create Absinthe essences for the Absinthe industry as well as for consumers. The essences are made with top-quality essential oils and herbs and by advanced carbon dioxide distillation. Each and every essence is distilled, all you have to do is mix by using a neutral alcohol base just like Everclear or vodka and then you can also enjoy your own personal Absinthe in your own home.

The Absinthe essences may either be obtained in 20ml bottles at $3.95 ($4.95 for Strong 55) which is enough to make one 750ml bottle of Absinthe, or in a 280ml bottle (to create 14 bottles of Absinthe) inside a kit with artistic bottle labels plus a helpful plastic measure. The kits are $29 or $39 for the Strong 55 kit.

Four types of essence can be found – one to create a classic green Absinthe, an orange oil distinctive flavored essence, an essence to produce clear Swiss style Absinthe as well as a stronger essence to create an Absinthe with a more bitter wormwood flavor. All essences consist of real wormwood as well as other traditional herbs which include aniseed and fennel. The Strong 55 gives a thujone content of 55mg per 750ml bottle of Absinthe as well as the other essences give a content of 35mg.

There exists a guide concerning how to use the essences within the website. also sell replicas of antique 19th century Absinthe glasses, just like the Pontarlier glass, and Absinthe spoons, including the famous Eiffel Tower spoon designed to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. Utilizing the proper Absinthiana (Absinthe equipment) will truly put you in the right mood to prepare and drink your excellent Absinthe drink.