Absinthe is an alcohol-rich spirit made with herbs and high alcohol content, requiring time for infusing. To make absinthe, you will require an easily operated and clean still as well as ingredients with which you can craft an exquisite flavor profile. This article walks through every step of making absinthe yourself from start to finish.
First, prepare the wormwood. Place it in a bottle with alcohol, seal it and leave in a dark and cool location for one month while shaking occasionally – this will produce its characteristic green hue that gives absinthe its signature hue.
Once the wormwood is finished soaking, add your other ingredients and seal your bottle. Place it in a dark and cool spot for at least another month while shaking it every day at least once; this will give your absinthe its distinctive green hue and signature herbal flavor that so many have come to love.
Once your final absinthe is ready for distilling, it is time to do it! Place it in your still and heat to 70-80degC (158-176degF). Slowly collect any first liquid that appears (known as heads or “heads”) which contains impurities before gradually collecting “hearts”, until your ABV reaches 82% ABV; this will become your absinthe!
Once you are ready to enjoy your homemade absinthe, add a few drops of ice water on a sugar cube placed on an absinthe spoon. As the sugar dissipates through the beverage, an amazing visual display will occur as its louche creates a magical visual display.