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I have been informed that absinthe is banned in the US, and the
wormwood may be toxic.

For further information, check here:
http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/absinthe/absinthe_faq.shtml


Absinthe

1 pint vodka
2 tsp crumbled wormwood (dried)
2 tsp anise seed
1/2 tsp fennel seed
4 cardamom pods
1 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp chopped angelica root
1 2/3 cups sugar syrup

Place vodka in a large jar with a tight fitting lid. Add wormwood
and shake well; steep for 48 hours and strain out. Crush seeds and
pods in mortar. Add them and all remaining herbs to vodka and steep
in a warm place for 1 week. Filter and sweeten. Pour into a bottle
and enjoy a piece of history.

Suggestion: Pour a half glass of water into a half glass of Absinthe
for authenticity.

Note: This drink will be very bitter even with the sugar syrup in
it. Wormwood is a bitter herb. And unlike the movie, this drink
will not be green. It will be brown.

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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
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absinthe the right way, November 19, 2004 - 02:31 AM
Reviewer: Anonymous from alberta canada but born in belgium
In order to indulge in the right preparation to drinck you have to slowly pour the absinthe over a oversize europenne sugar cube about 4 time biger then that of a canadian one.also the other review is correct after the sugar ritual splash cold water with the absinthe.enjoy. ps: if you ever make it to the south of france you can purchase a set that include a glass a sugar holder a tiny picher just the right size.but a small "tea spoon " will work well.

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question, October 23, 2006 - 07:25 AM
Reviewer: negatively_yours from KY
Before I try to make this, how hard is it to find the wormwood?

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Warning from certified herbalist, October 26, 2006 - 01:09 AM
Reviewer: Anonymous from Maine USA
I love trolling the net for copycat recipes...but I have to be honest - this one scared the you-know-what outta me! Contrary to what another person posted, Angelica is NOT harmful to your health if it's processed properly (it's part of the carrot family): but boy oh boy - wormwood IS! It's a very common, aromatic herb that is mostly used for its silvery foliage and for its mothproofing abilities than for anything else. I've grown it for years and mine is now a shrub nearly 5 feet high! However, by itself, it is highly toxic and at least can make you very sick (along with some serious hallucinations, which is why drinking absinthe is called 'chasing the green dragon'), and at worst, it can kill you. It is illegal in the US; however, while visiting the UK, I discovered it was something that was very easy to purchase, and is available for purchase online. The manufacturer's have been making it for generations, and some bottles are even sold with the little 'kit' mentioned. I have to be honest: As experienced as I am as herbalist, wildcrafter and cook, I'd NEVER risk anyone's health making absinthe myself...and it might be a good idea to remove this recipe altogether - it's kinda sorta irresponsible to hand an Uzi to a 3 yr old - for some people - this recipe (however bad) is the herbal equivalent. Sorry to take such a hard line - the rest of the site is fun!

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You are flavoring a drink,not making one., February 25, 2007 - 02:30 PM
Reviewer: Anonymous from Lansing, Michigan USA
The distilling was done by whoever bottled the vodka. Anyone who makes this is getting a pale copy of this drink. The negative publicity to this stuff may just be based on bad distillation. Remember Prohibition's "Bath Tub Gin" could blind you, overnight in some cases. If you want this, buy it and be safe. I hear you can get it if you want to. Does delayed, teen age rebellion ever really stop?

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UNSAFE, October 25, 2005 - 08:24 PM
Reviewer: Anonymous from USA
I want to make it very clear that Angelica is dangerous to ingest. I also believe wormwood is dangerous also, but I'm not 100% sure of that. Angelica is especially dangerous to pregnant women, with or without alcohol.

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?????, October 25, 2005 - 08:17 PM
Reviewer: Anonymous from USA
Well, this is in response to the Canadian-from-Belgium comment. You need to spend a little less time drinking your absinthe so that maybe you can see what you're typing. My God, you type like you're drunk off your a$$!!!! Maybe this recipe isn't a good idea for you.....

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A poor recipe, May 4, 2004 - 12:41 AM
Reviewer: Anonymous from United States
In order to achieve the characteristic dark green colour and strong bitter-spicy flavour, you must use a high-proof alcohol (if possible, use lab-grade 99.9% ethanol) and allow the infusion to happen slowly, at a constant, elevated temperature (45-50 degrees is good). Putting the herbs into a muslin teabag will help keep it from getting cloudy. This recipe is just another rehashing of a common (and commonly wrong) recipe found all over the internet. Abientot.

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