One should go through the history of Absinthe. A French doctor made Absinthe as a tonic in Switzerland, in the late 18th century. By 1805 the Absinthe recipes had got into the hands of Henri-Louis Pernod who started distilling it in his factory in Pontarlier in France.
Original Absinthe Recipes
Pernod’s Absinthe, Original Pernod Fils, was distilled from wine and contained many natural herbs and essential oils from plants including grand wormwood, aniseed, melissa, fennel, lemon balm, dittany, angelica root, hyssop, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.
A variety of recipes and ingredients were used by different producers of Absinthe,The Green Fairy. Calamus root, mint, cloves, nutmeg, roman wormwood, anise seed, coriander, sweet flag and licorice are different herbs used in Absinthe production. The pre-ban Absinthe was prepared with the herb wormwood known as Artimesia Absinthium.
There are similarities between the chemical thujone of wormwood and the THC according to people’s believe. Thujone is psychoactive and can cause psychedelic effects when consumed in large quantities. Psychoactive element anethole is found in the seeds of anise and fennel. Absinthe contains sedatives and stimulants both and some artists and writers claimed that it gave them their genius and inspiration! "A clear headed drunkenness" is the description on the way of being drunk on Absinthe.
Absinthe was claimed to be dangerous for the society so it was illegalized in France in 1915. Absinthe is safe same as other strong alcoholic drinks like whisky and vodka. Absinthe is not dangerous for anyone as it is basically alcohol and only contains only a small amount of wormwood and the other herbs.
Homemade Absinthe Recipes
There are many Absinthe recipes on the Internet using different herbs and different methods - steeping, filtering etc. It is not recommended to make Absinthe at home from plants, dried herbs or essential oils. Why?
– A person must use distilled Absinthe.
– The thujone content cannot be known of consumed Absinthe.
It is far better to buy either a quality Absinthe, making sure that it’s got the vital ingredient wormwood, or to buy an Absinthe kit which consists of Absinthe essences that have already been distilled.
One can also purchase Absinthe in the USA now.
AbsintheKit.com does great Absinthe kits which consist of:-
– Absinthe essence - choose from classic, white (which makes clear Swiss style Absinthe, Strong 55 (with a 55mg thujone content) and Orange (flavored with orange oil).
– Appropriate measure.
– Take Artistic Labels for decorating Absinthe bottles.
14 bottles of Absinthe can be created from a bottle of essence!
Using these kits one had to mix 20ml of the Absinthe essence with a neutral alcohol to make own bottle of Green Fairy.
A person is sure about getting a safe, top-quality product as these essences are similar to the ones sold to distilleries.
A variety of cocktail Absinthe recipes are available on the Internet. One can enjoy finding and mixing the cocktails.
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