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How to Make Herbal Liqueur

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In this instructable I will teach you how to make something that tastes a lot like Absinthe.
 
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Step 1: Gather Herbs & Vodka

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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

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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

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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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absinth_Wormwood

Step 4: Add Other Herbs

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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

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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.

Absinthe ritual link: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2069057363613917929&hl=en
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Habacuc4 years ago
I have three plants of absinthe in my garden, can i do something with that (an absinthe liqueur ?)
H3xx Habacuc4 years ago
You mind sharing how you grew absinthe? Sounds like a great trick. /sarcasm

I think you mean wormwood.
T4_6667 years ago
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

http://www.oxygenee.com
http://www.feeverte.net
http://www.wormwoodsociety.org


Online places to order Absinthe in Canada
http://www.absintheclassics.com/canada/index.html
http://www.okanaganspirits.com
http://www.premierwineandspirits.ca
And u can find some at the LCBO from time to time (check there site www.lcbo.com)


Some Online Places to order Absinthe in the U.S.A.
http://www.absintheclassics.com
http://www.absinthiana.com (also sell Absinthe accessories)
http://www.drinklucid.com (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]
notker T4_6666 years ago
I think he just wanted to make something which tastes similar like absinthe...
...but if you want real absinthe you have to buy "Habsburger"-Absinthe
here is a pic of it I don't know if you get it in the U.S.

pic: http://www.lecellier.nl/absinthe/absinthe-habsburg-green.jpg

And nice instructable =)
notker notker5 years ago
I have to add this to my comment:

Habsburgerabsinthe
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
m1ndtr1p T4_6667 years ago
"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.
rodr0069 T4_6666 years ago
Totally agree with ya T4. Here are a few more

www.absintheonthenet.com (Good prices on accessories)
www.absintheonline.com (Ultra fast shipping on premium absinthe)
www.drinkupny.com (has a full line of legal absinthe)
Another I forgot to mention is www.maison-alandia.de/absinthe/index.php?ref=4
www.eabsinthe.com www.absinth24.net these two have my vote, eabsinthe has quicker shipping, but absinth24 has a larger selection. also check aout www.alandia.de
sypher T4_6667 years ago
make a instructable, how to get real absinthe. cuz you just hijack'd this thread.
AidanG7 years ago
Just in case it's not clear: Absinthe IS legal in the US. That Thujone is "poisonous" has been debunked - in order for it to be poisonous like it was once believed, you'd have to drink about 40 bottles of Absinthe in one sitting. You have more to fear from alcohol poisoning. This isn't anything like Absinthe - this is Bitters.
troseph (author)  AidanG5 years ago
 wrong, just bought a bottle of Authentic Absinthe in the liquor store by my house and got completely sideways.
AidanG troseph5 years ago
How was that wrong? I didn't say anything about getting sideways, and you just proved me right that it's legal here.
Bitszu7 years ago
You forgot the mugwort and vervain.
hcold Bitszu6 years ago
And Lemonbalm.
which I assume is for dry lemons.
great instructable :D
lego1877 years ago
did the alcohol fumes eat the rubber seal on your jar?
lego1877 years ago
sounds fun! im gonna use ethanol and cut it with water to about 75% to get a more absinthe like kick and possibly some sort of organ failure lol
mrmath7 years ago
Wasn't something like this already posted. And, by the way, this stuff is illegal in many countries. I know for sure it's illegal in my home country--The US. Your laws may vary.
ill try and "be nice" but you should keep your opinions on morality and legality to yourself. Grown people do grown isht. And its not illegal in the us. Illegal like weed and or blow. It involved the FDA and allowing thujone to be included in food. So you couldnt sell it commercially. That and private citizens cant distill liquor
First, I thought that I had posted a reply to this saying I was wrong. I see now that I didn't. I was wrong, it is legal in the US. Second, I wasn't expressing an opinion on morality or legality. I was expressing what I incorrectly thought was fact. I can say that pot is illegal in the US without anyone being able to tell my stand on the issue of legalizing it. There is a difference. So, to recap, I was wrong about saying it was illegal to make/sell this in the US. I needed to get my facts straight, and now they are. Pot and coke, however, are illegal in the US, but my saying that doesn't mean I agree or disagree with that particular law. It just means I'm aware of it.
troseph (author)  isoruswrex7 years ago
hear hear!
Absinthe is being made and sold in the US now. Our old office was a couple buildings away from one of the distilleries and I bought a bottle from them.
yea but the US 'legal' version uses southern wormwood. A much less potent strain or the plant.
And another link, in case someone might want to visit the Hangar One - they also do tours of the distillery at 1pm, Sat-Sun.
Hey guys, Absinthe is being "Made" and "Sold" but its still illegal to import it.
Yup - good stuff too! :-)
troseph (author)  mrmath7 years ago
I did a search before I posted it, and there wasn't anything really as close to this. And, like Mark_in_Hollywood said, thujone is not a controlled substance, nor is this flavoring food (or drink) with wormwood or any other herb illegal. This would only be illegal if I were selling it commercially.
mrmath troseph7 years ago
That's funny. The first related instructable on the right of my screen is How to Prepare Absinthe.
troseph (author)  mrmath7 years ago
That's funny, because that's how to drink absinthe, not MAKE Absinthe. I saw that one two, I can assure you they are very different...
Commercially prepared absinthe is illegal. Making your own is not illegal, as long is you are not operating distillation apparatus. As for the thujone, see the very good wikipedia article

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thujone
sypher7 years ago
w00t, just `nor all these crit-ardz. good instructable!
i know this is just mock absinthe replacement, but its pretty damn dangerous thing youre doing here that might not come out anything near the real thing, plus impretty sure (as im familiar with the taste of alot of those herbs) it'd taste pretty nasty and might make you sick, also the wormwood i saw right in the beginning which im pretty sure is poisonous. be real careful and dont dothis other than for kicks. from my perspective, although this is excellent as an instructable, as something of common sense, this is not so great, i hope no one tries this because theyd likely poison themselves. But, it is a good instrubtable kinda on how to make tinctures, i give you that. take care bro, be careful
troseph (author)  Dungeonbrownies7 years ago
I've had 6 ounces of it, and I can assure you its fine. Wormwood is commonly used in tea with greater levels than I have used here for just a single cup of water. So I am sure its ok, just use your head, and you should be fine. I don't expect people to sell poison at a health food store, nor do I expect people to drink a liter of this in one sitting. Which if you did, you'd probably just end up drunk with a bad taste in your mouth, not dead or poisoned. Best, Troseph
Jake-off7 years ago
why is this not featured? where did you get all the herbs?
troseph (author)  Jake-off7 years ago
I got all the herbs at a local health food store called Good Earth. I think there is a bigger chain called Whole Foods that also sells all of the same herbs. Or, I am positive you could find it all online.
do you think a sprouts farmers markets have those? /=]
i don't think there is a good earth store in arizona
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