Anise/Aniseed is a spice which may result in allergy symptoms in sensitized individuals.
It is present in a number of alcoholic spirits and liquors, including Greek ouzo, Italian sambuca, Bulgarian mastika, pastis, and wormwood absinthe.
Anise is a herb. The seed and oil are used to make medicine. Less commonly, the root and leaf are used to make medicine as well. Do not confuse anise with other herbs called star anise or fennel. These are sometimes called anise. Since it is commonly used in alcohols and liqueurs, let‘s have a closer look at absinthe.
The name Absinthe comes from the Latin word Absinthium and means wormwood. Wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium) is the characteristic and most important ingredient of the high-percentage spirit called absinthe. Furthermore, the basic ingredients of an original Absinthe are green anise, hyssop, and fennel. Depending on the recipe, other herbs and botanicals are also used. After distillation, authentic Absinthe is naturally coloured with herbs. Therefore the spirit is typically green in color, which is why it is also well known as “the Green Fairy” (La Fée Verte).
Absinthes have a lot to offer not only for nose and palate, but also for the eyes. Whether it is the wonderful palette of colors of verte and rouge or red absinthes, the enchanting clouds and swirls forming in a glass of absinthe (yes, there are special absinthe glasses) as it louches (turning milky white), or the sunset-like light scattering in a louched absinthe, preparing a glass of absinthe can be a fascinating visual experience. And that’s not all, when you prepare absinthe drinks with one of those beautiful absinthe fountains and invite your friends around, you all will have evenings to remeber!
To be able to enjoy absinthe properly the same way as it meant to be enjoyed, there are some important factors and one of them is wormwood. Real absinthe must be made with wormwood, otherwise it is not the same as historic 19th century absinthe. That is why you need to buy absinthe only from reputable absinthe store, such as Absinthe Original Liquor store. These guys have been around for more than 25 years now and all of their absinthes are made to the highest 20th century protocols and ALL contain wormwood. Levels of wormwood vary between absinthe recipes and brands.
One must remember that there are also many poor quality absinthes in the market available today, made with oils, poorly made base alcohol and even poisonous dyes. It is certain that these attribute to absinthe’s bad reputation! Beware of marketing gimmicks that promote cheap absinthe with low thujone levels!
TLDR: only absinthe made with wormwood is good quality absinthe
If you’re still reading, than you may be interested to know which of those absinthes is best for the beginner? This is very difficult to answer, but it would depend on if you just want to try it once, or plan to develop your tastes and experiment with the different ranges and styles. We recommend to start with a ‘lighter’ style absinthe such as Absinthe Innocent with 45% ABV but containing 35 mg of thujone. If you want to start with the best, premium range Absinthe, than there is currently no better Absinthe than King of Spirits Gold with 100 mg of psychoactive thujone and that is as close to the pre-ban absinthe superieure as possible!
We hope you enjoyed this article about the origins of mysterious Absinthe. If you are interested, you will find many more articles about the history of Absinthe on Absinthe Original‘s blog. If you would like to try Absinthe, there is no better source than Absinthe Liquor Store with wide selection of wormwood Absinthe, Absinthe slotted spoons, Absinthe fountains, absinthe glasses, and more. And all with Express Worldwide Shipping!
BONUS: Try this Green Fairy Absinthe cocktail:
Possibly one of the most thirst quenching drinks ever for those long hot summer days.
1 measure of Absinthe Bitter Spirit
A good ginger beer
Pour a measure of Absinthe Bitter Spirit into a tall glass, add a sprig of mint. Muddle the mint with the Absinthe, add plenty of ice and top up with ginger beer, garnish with a sprig of mint and ginger as desired.