Absinthe, the recipe of which we will consider below, is a very strong alcoholic beverage. Its most important component is an extract of bitter wormwood. By the way, this is exactly how the French word "absinthe" is translated.
It should be specially noted that the fortress of such a drink can reach 70, and sometimes even 75 or 85%.
Absinthe, the recipe of which can include the use of various ingredients, was a valuable drink for 1500 years before Christ. According to historians, it was used quite often by the Egyptians as an excellent medicinal product. However, the ancient absinthe differed markedly from the modern one. At a time when he was drinking Picasso and Verlaine, wormwood was simply soaked in wine or alcohol.
As it was said above, the word "absinthe" came to us from the French language. But some experts note that the name of this drink came from the Greek "apsinthion", which literally means "unfit for drinking."
As you know, Pythagoras recommended using absinthe as a means of promoting childbirth. As for Hippocrates, he prescribed it to his patients for jaundice, anemia, rheumatism and menstrual pain.
The modern absinthe
Preparation of absinthe is not an easy task. But those who are not indifferent to this drink, do not intimidate the complexities that they may encounter during its creation.
Modern specialists suggest that the absinthe that we can use today was first produced in 1792. Its producer is an extraordinary doctor named Ordiner Pierre. During the French Revolution, he fled to a small village that was in western Switzerland. In one of the trips on horseback, they found bitter wormwood, which grew on hills in this area.
Like most of the healers of the country, Ordiner Pierre prepared his own medicines. Acquainted with absinthe, he began to experiment with him. As a result, the doctor became the creator of the most popular alcoholic beverage in the modern world.
How does it look?
Absinthe, the photo of which can be seen in this article, is an emerald green drink. It is so bitter and strong (due to the presence of absintine in it) that before use it is always diluted with water, and also a small amount of sugar is added. After such mixing absinthe becomes dull-white.
It should be noted that in the 19th century this drink was considered a beverage of bohemia. Today, almost everyone can buy it. Although it is worth but quite expensive.
If you are a fan of this drink, then you can cook it yourself. Of course, absinthe home will be markedly different from the store. However, you will know for sure that during its production all kinds of dyes and additives were not used.
How to cook absinthe classic?
Among modern lovers of this drink, the recipe of Pierre Ordinera is very popular. After all, it is he who is considered a classic way of cooking absinthe. This method consists in taking bitter wormwood dried, fennel and anise, and then insisting on alcohol. Then the resulting mixture is required to boil. The next stage in the production of such a drink is its tincture, as well as filtration.
It should be noted that different grades of absinthe can have completely different manufacturing techniques. However, the main idea remains to create not just an alcoholic, but rather strong drink with a unique aroma of herbs.
Home absinthe: recipe
As mentioned above, such an emerald drink is not necessarily purchased in a store. After all, using ordinary vodka, you can make it yourself. However, it should be noted that before consumption, such a drink is usually not diluted, in contrast to what was made from 95% alcohol.
So, before you prepare absinthe, you need to buy:
- Vodka any forty-degree - 1 bottle;
- Anise seeds - 2 dessert spoons;
- Dry wormwood - 2 dessert spoons;
- Fennel seeds - ½ dessert spoon;
- Marjoram - 1 dessert spoon ;
- Cardamom - 4 small pods;
- Ground coriander - ½ dessert spoon;
- Sugar syrup - 2/3 of a faceted glass;
- Crushed angelica root - 2 dessert spoons.
Absinthe, the recipe of which provides for the use of ordinary vodka, should be done in several stages. First, it is required to pour shredded wormwood into a glass jar of jelly, pour into it a forty-degree alcoholic beverage, then tightly close and insist at room temperature for at least two days. After the specified time, the semi-finished product must be filtered.
Next, put all the remaining herbs in a bowl and grind them into small pieces. Adding the mixture to the drink, it needs to be closed again and held for one more week. In the end, the absinthe must be filtered, and then sweetened with sugar syrup.
A simple drink recipe
How can absinthe be made at home? The recipe for this emerald drink requires the use of the following ingredients:
- Wormwood dried (you can buy at a pharmacy) - a dessert spoon;
- Vodka usual sorokogradusnaya - faceted glass;
- Dried mint leaves - 2 large spoons;
- Lemon peel - a small piece;
- Syrup of sugar - ½ of a faceted glass.
Preparing the drink
Before making absinthe at home, you should put dry wormwood in the bowl, and the idea to turn it into a small crumb. Next, the grass needs to be placed in a glass jar and poured with forty-degree vodka. Tightly cap the container with a lid, it must be insisted for 2 days. The resulting liquid must be filtered through a fine sieve. After that, the drink should be added dried mint leaves, as well as a small piece of lemon zest. Once the vodka has been inspected for 8 more days, it should be filtered again and a syrup of sugar added.
Absinthe, the recipe of which we have considered, is more aromatic and bitter than the above-mentioned drink.
Method of preparation with distillation
Home absinthe, the recipe of which does not provide for distillation, is quite difficult to call real. After all, it is this process that gives it the properties that are inherent in drinks from the store. If you are interested in this way of cooking home absinthe, then we will present a detailed recipe.
So, the whole process of making this strong alcoholic beverage is the sequential execution of the following steps.
Step one - tincture of herbs on alcohol
To complete this step, we need:
- Alcohol 95% - 1 l;
- Wormwood - 100 g;
- Anise dried - 50 g;
- Fennel - 50 g;
- Chamomile - 3 g;
- Melissa -15 g;
- Caraway seeds - 10 g;
- Angelica -10 g (or the so-called grass of Angelica);
- A mixture of herbs "Provence" (marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, basil, estragon and dill seeds) - about 15 g;
- Hyssop - about 5-10 g (if you do not find, then you can not use it).
If you understand the herbs and live in a suitable area, then you better collect them yourself. Otherwise, these ingredients can be bought at any pharmacy.
Thus, mixing all these herbs together, they should be put in glass containers, pour 95% alcohol, and then put in a dark place and hold at room temperature for about 1-2 weeks.
Step two - distillation
Now you know what absinthe is made from. After all the herbs are infused into alcohol, the resulting mixture should be diluted to 55 degrees, and then pour into a container directly with greens and start distillation. The first 50 ml must be discarded. When 95% of the entire volume of the liquid is distilled, the process must be stopped so that the grass is not burnt.
Step three - staining with herbs
Absinthe (the photo of the store and home beverage can be markedly different), prepared at home, is good because it is only colored by natural ingredients.
So, to get a green emerald drink you need to take a little distilled material, and then add to it the following herbs (calculated for each liter):
- Licorice - 10 g;
- Lemon balm - 8 g;
- Angelica - 2 g;
- Chamomile - 2 g;
- A mixture of dried herbs "Provence" - about 15 g.
After mixing all the ingredients, they are followed by the abbot in a dark place for several days, and then strain and add to the main drink.
Step Four - Aging or Maturing
After all the above actions are implemented, the alcoholic beverage must be put in a dark place and wait about 2 weeks until it completely ripens. In half a month, the home-made absinthe will be completely suitable for consumption.
We prepare sagebrush infusion
As you know, tincture on wormwood - it's not quite absinthe. Reviews about this tool are very diverse. Someone likes this substitute bohemian drink, and someone uses it only for medicinal purposes. It should be noted that the production of this absinthe at home implies mandatory distillation. But for those who still decided to make the tincture, we will present her detailed recipe. However, before this I want to say that such a drink for its effect and its taste qualities is much worse than the real absinthe, prepared independently.
So, we need:
- Bitter wormwood - about 45 g;
- Hyssop - about 10 g;
- Alcohol 95% - 0.7 l;
- Ayr - 10 g;
- Fennel seeds - 5 g;
- Leaves of mint dried - dessert spoon;
- Clove - dessert spoon;
- Coriander - a dessert spoon;
- Muscat - ½ dessert spoon.
After all the ingredients have been prepared, you need to grind the coriander, fennel seeds and cloves in the coffee grinder, and then add the remaining herbs to them. Next, the ingredients should be placed in a container, pour 0.7 liters of 95% alcohol and tightly close. Infusing the drink for two weeks, it is recommended to periodically shake it.
After this time, the resulting liquid should be filtered, removing all herbs. Further into the drink you need to add:
- Wormwood oil - a few drops;
- Anise extract - ½ dessert spoon;
- Mint extract - dessert spoon.
After mixing all the components together, they should be closed again and insisted in a dark place for about 2 more weeks. Before use, this tincture must be diluted with water. After all, these spirits can quickly and easily contribute to obtaining the strongest internal burns.
Cocktails with absinthe
Now you know how many degrees in absinthe. This is why it is recommended to dilute before use. By the way, it is due to a special fortress that this drink is often used in the preparation of less strong alcoholic cocktails. Consider a detailed recipe from one of them. For this we need:
- Home absinthe with a strength of at least 75% - about 50 ml;
- Liqueur berry - about 20 ml (can be replaced with any berry syrup);
- Ice in the form of cubes - up to 4 pieces;
- Apple juice is natural or purchased, but high quality - about 100 ml.
Such an alcoholic cocktail is prepared quite quickly and easily. First, a small amount of natural apple juice is required to be poured into a tall glass beaker. Further in the same container it is necessary to add berry liqueur or syrup. In conclusion, a bit of strong absinthe should be poured into the cocktail. To cool the prepared drink, it also needs to lower a few ice cubes.
How to drink homemade absinthe?
As we found out above, this drink is best used in diluted form. Although some of his fans can drink absinthe and without first adding any liquid. In this case, such a drink should be as cool as possible, and most importantly, there should not be more than 30 ml in one portion.
It should be specially noted that the most common supply is diluted absinthe. There are several ways of making such a drink. By the way, it is diluted not only to significantly reduce the strength, but also to significantly improve its taste. After all, pure absinthe is rather bitter.
With what dilute?
If you have made homemade strong absinthe yourself, then before using it, you should definitely know how and how to dilute such a drink. Typically, as an additional liquid, many people use ordinary or soda water, as well as sugar.
So, traditional proportions for such a drink are the following: one part of absinthe must have three parts of water, lemonade or tonic. By the way, for its preparation it is desirable to use not so high, wide glass glass. If the drink with which you dilute absinthe, sweet, then sugar is not necessary to add. Otherwise, the water can be further sweetened. Although there are more original ways of adding such a product.
The most common way to drink absinthe
If you come to a club, restaurant or bar, you will definitely be offered exactly this way of drinking absinthe, as it is the most original and beautiful.
So, on the edge of the glass it is necessary to put a special flat spoon with holes. Further on the device it is required to lay out one or two pieces of refined sugar. Through it with large drops it is necessary to skip one part of the fortified absinthe (70, 75 or 80%). After that, the sugar-soaked sugar should be set on fire. As a result of such actions, the sweet product gradually melts and drains from the spoon into the glass. Next, the device must be removed, and the beverage should be diluted with three parts of ordinary or soda water. If you prefer to use cold absinthe, then you can add a few ice cubes.
During the preparation of such a drink, it can easily catch fire from caramel, which drains from the spoon. If this happened to you, then experts recommend quickly diluting absinthe with plain water. So, having lost the original fortress, it will go out by itself.
It should be noted that this method is called Czech. He is recognized as the most beautiful way of drinking alcoholic beverages, but at the same time the most dangerous. After all, there were often cases when lovers of absinthe received severe burns during its preparation and even drinking.
Let's sum up the results
As you can see, it is not at all difficult to make a fortified drink called absinthe in the home. Moreover, such a product is safer than those sold in supermarkets. After all, during its creation you use only proven ingredients. Also it should be noted that absinthe made independently is much cheaper than the one that was purchased in the store.