How To Distill Absinthe Appropriately

There are many websites giving Absinthe recipes as well as

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

If you’re in the United States and you want to distill your individual Absinthe, or any other alcohol, officially you’ll 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 at Home

Recipes and guides on the web contain the subsequent recipes:-

A recipe just like an 1855 Pontarlier Recipe
– Macerate 25g wormwood (botanical name Artemesia Absinthium), 50g fennel and 50g anise in 950ml 85% abv within a 2 liter flask.
– Add 450ml distilled water.
– Do a pot still distillation, collect 950ml of distillate.
– Split 400ml of the distillate and blend 10g of Roman Wormwood (Artemisia Pontica), 5g lemon balm, 10g hyssop and macerate at 60C.
– Filter and mix together with the remaining 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 contain additional herbs like sage, mint, galangal, ginger, sweet flag, licorice, aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon.

Distillation isn’t just illegal in certain countries but it’s also difficult. Thankfully, you will find kits available on the internet from different suppliers to help you make Absinthe from home simply and conveniently without resorting to distillation.

Absinthe Essence Products produce Absinthe essences for the Absinthe industry and then for consumers. The essences are manufactured with top-quality essential oils and herbs and also by high tech carbon dioxide distillation. Each essence is already distilled, all you have to do is mix by using a neutral alcohol base such as Everclear or vodka and you can enjoy your own Absinthe at home.

The Absinthe essences can either be purchased in 20ml bottles at $3.95 ($4.95 for Strong 55) that’s enough to create one 750ml bottle of Absinthe, or perhaps in a 280ml bottle (to create 14 bottles of Absinthe) within a kit with artistic bottle labels as well as a handy plastic measure. The kits are $29 or $39 for the Strong 55 kit.

Four forms of essence can be found – one to create a classic green Absinthe, an orange oil flavored essence, an essence to create clear Swiss style Absinthe plus a stronger essence to produce an Absinthe with a more bitter wormwood flavor. All essences contain real wormwood as well as other traditional herbs just like 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’s a guide regarding how to utilize the essences on the website. also sell replicas of antique 19th century Absinthe glasses, just like the Pontarlier glass, and Absinthe spoons, such as the famous Eiffel Tower spoon created to commemorate the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. While using proper Absinthiana (Absinthe equipment) will truly place you in the proper mood to get ready and drink your excellent Absinthe drink.