• Anise Star Pod,
  • Anise seed,
  • Fennel,
  • Licorice root,
  • Roman wormwood,
  • Lemon peel,
  • Hyssop,
  • Angelica root,
  • Coriander,
  • Melissa &
  • Grand Wormwood.
  • White Lightning Moonshine (190 proof Everclear can be substituted)



  1. Put two cups of the alcohol in an airtight container. If your alcohol is 190 proof add two ounces of water to slightly dilute.
  2. Crush all of the botanicals in a mortal and pestel, which’ll be a mixture of Anise Star Pod, Anise seed, Fennel, Licorice root, Lemon peel, Angelica root, and Coriander.

Step 4

Shake it like a polaroid picture. Then hurry up and wait, giving it about 8-10 hours to marinate. Might we suggest a long nap?

Step 5

Add the wormwood. Historically this is the ingredient that causes incest-inducing hallucinations, but there’s still a lot of debate about the psychedelic potency of wormwood. Either way, you’ll want to add about two teaspoons of Grand wormwood into your mixture. It can have a very bitter taste, so Bootleg suggests steeping it in a tea bag for no more than three hours. Give it another shake for good measure.

Step 6

Wait some more? Sure, why not. By this point, your absinthe will look a little more like dirty creek water than a booze-soaked night out, but be patient.

In another 10-12 hours you’ll add the rest of your herbs (Hyssop and Melissa & Roman Wormwood), which are responsible for the green color. Guess what you do next? Correct, sir, wait another 5 hours.

Step 7

Filter the fairy. You can either use a coffee filter…

Or a strainer. But either way, you’ll need to cleanse your liquor of the pond scum look to reveal a green hued beauty. It won’t be neon Gatorade green, more like an earthy dark moss.

When you’re done, store your absinthe in a dark bottle to prevent light from spoiling it.

The taste was singe-your-throat strong, and vaguely like licorice. I didn’t hate it, and I definitely didn’t…wait…is that? There’s someone on the wing. THERE’S SOMEONE ON THE WING.