How to Make Herbal Liqueur





Introduction: How to Make Herbal Liqueur

In this instructable I will teach you how to make something that tastes a lot like Absinthe.

Step 1: Gather Herbs & Vodka

What you will need:

Wormwood - 2 tsp
Star Anise - 2 tsp
Anise - 2 tsp
Cardamom - 1 tsp
Mint - Two Sprigs (1/2 tsp)
Dittany - One Sprig (1/4 tsp)
Sage - One Leaf
Marjoram - One Sprig (1/4 tsp)
100+ Proof Vodka - 750ml (150 Proof is ideal)

Tea bags - 2
Tea ball
1/2 gallon airtight container

Step 2: Grind the Herbs

Add all the herbs to a Mortar and pestle or be lazy like I was and use a coffee grinder. But if you have used your grinder for coffee before be sure to CLEAN IT you don't want coffee flavored Absinthe.. Or maybe you do.. But I don't.

Drying your herbs:
Let them hang out side in a dry climate, or use a microwave.
I used a microwave for 45 seconds, it did a great job without burning them.

Once you have them all ground up, put them in a coffee filter or tea bag.

Step 3: [Optional] Add Wormwood

I put 2 tsp of Wormwood in a teabag and let it sit in the vodka in an airtight container for 18 hours, this should be enough time for it to be a nice light green color. Leave it too long and you run the risk of poisoning yourself.

Read up about the effects of Wormwood here:

Step 4: Add Other Herbs

Tie off the tea bag or filter with some string, and place it in a tea ball. Add this the 750 ml of vodka.

Let this sit in a warm place for a week.

Step 5: Bottle the Goodness

At this point you should have a dark yellow liquor that smells a lot like black licorice, or Jagermeister. You can't beat the real stuff, but it should taste pretty close to real Absinthe.

And remember: While its not recommended, some people drink this stuff. I'm sure you'll know what to do with it.

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    I have three plants of absinthe in my garden, can i do something with that (an absinthe liqueur ?)


    You mind sharing how you grew absinthe? Sounds like a great trick. /sarcasm

    I think you mean wormwood.

    Soaking herbs in high % alcohol or vodka is not going to result in anything close to the real thing, It has to be distilled.

    In Canada and now the U.S.A. Absinthe is legal along with a lot of other European countries, u can even order shipments into the u.s. from places overseas no problem, but for whatever reason such shipments will be seized if being shipped to an Canadian address.

    Never the less if u are interested in getting your hands on some Absinthe or for more info on it check out some of these sites.

    Lots of good info on the history of Absinthe and Absinthe in general can be found at

    Online places to order Absinthe in Canada
    And u can find some at the LCBO from time to time (check there site

    Some Online Places to order Absinthe in the U.S.A. (also sell Absinthe accessories) (the 1`st absinthe to be made legal again in the u.s.)

    im sure there are a lot more sites out there for the u.s. market just Google it but i recommend reading up on the subject some 1`st for there are ALOT of bull crap brands and sellers out there too!.

    BTW Don’t set your Absinthe on Fire!!... It may look cool but why would u want it to taste like burnt sugar and Burn off the Alcohol??

    And Absinthe won’t make u trip ball`s... (see things Ect ect) the High alcohol content(any ware from 60% to 80%)of real Absinthe will however mess you up! LoL

    And nice work on putting in the time to put together this Instructable! =o]

    I have to add this to my comment:

    is from the E.U.
    and so there are just max. 33mg thujon in one liter
    and by so less thujon you will not see a green fairy

    what the guy who wrote the instruction did is that he let the alcohol extract the thujon and other toxicstuff out of the sage, majoram and the wormwood

    so i think his drink will make a great green fairy but magic weed is better i think than this thujon stuff

    "but for whatever reason such shipments will be seized if being shipped to an Canadian address." Wrong, I live in Canada and have been buying high thujone content Absinthe regularly (2-3 bottles a month or so) for myself and my fiancee, from Europe for the last 4-5 years. Not a single one of my shipments has ever been seized... I even ordered a case (12 bottles) for my new year's party last December and even that went through without a hitch when it was clearly marked as being absinthe. "BTW Don’t set your Absinthe on Fire!!... It may look cool but why would u want it to taste like burnt sugar and Burn off the Alcohol??" If you know what you're doing, it won't taste "burnt", you don't light the sugar on fire until it becomes black, you only need the flame to caramelize (liquify) the sugar so it mixes with the absinthe better. Also, it'll take much more than 5-10 seconds to burn off the alcohol, especially when you're dealing with 150+ proof absinthe. The absinthe you buy in either Canada or the US are mostly watered down (~40% alcohol vol) compared to European versions (60 - 88% alcohol vol), not to mention their thujone content is very low (2-5mg per 750ml bottle) compared to what you get in Europe (10-100mg per 750ml bottle). Most absinthe made in Canada and the US aren't even made with real herbs, they're made with concentrated extracts or oils which can be very harmful to your liver. Lastly, is the taste and aroma of the absinthe, most absinthe that is sold in Canada or the US smells and tastes like alcohol, while traditional absinthe has a very different taste and aroma depending on which type, French absinthe has more of a licorice taste to it, Swiss absinthe is more of an herbal taste etc... But neither tastes like pure alcohol like the Canadian or US distilled absinthe does. If you're really serious about trying REAL absinthe, there are plenty of places to buy authentic (as in, made with the right blend of herbs, not extracts or oils), non watered down absinthe with high thujone content overseas... Although, they come at a price (~$100-$200 per 750ml bottle), but its well worth it in the end.

    At least someone knows what they're talking about in the comments when it comes to absinthe; honestly people do your homework. Excellent points, m1ndtr1p.

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