How is Absinthe Made?

How is Absinthe Made

For alcohol lovers everywhere, absinthe is arguably a legendary drink. It is the stuff of many myths and lore, so much that braving this potent spirit is an essential step before you can call yourself a true master drinker. It has caused the rise of many talented artists and the downfall of unprepared challengers.

Given its notorious status, how is this alcoholic beverage made? Here are the generic steps on to create one.

  1. Prepare your ingredients
    • As a rule of thumb, every absinthe contains wormwood, anise, and fennel. Other ingredients include an alcohol base, whole hyssop, whole lemon balm, coriander seed, calamus root, and other herbs depending on what type of absinthe you want.
  2. Combine ingredients that you need
    • Use only ⅓ or less of the herbal ingredients for every 750ml alcohol base. It’s better if you grind the herbs with a mortar and pestle for them to be extracted more efficiently.
  3. Add the chosen ingredients in a sealable glass jar and store accordingly
    • Store it in a dark place for 2 weeks to 2 months. The duration will greatly influence how the finished product will taste. This is called maceration.
  4. Strain the herbs and begin second maceration
    • The resulting liquid is usually brown and bitter, but this isn’t the final product yet. After removing the herbs, you can add a little wormwood and other flavors you enjoy. Macerate to taste in less than two months.
  5. Enjoy!
    • There are more sophisticated processes, but for your DIY absinthe, this should be enough. You can add more flavors if you wish.

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