- Anise Star Pod,
- Anise seed,
- Licorice root,
- Roman wormwood,
- Lemon peel,
- Angelica root,
- Melissa &
- Grand Wormwood.
- White Lightning Moonshine (190 proof Everclear can be substituted)
- Put two cups of the alcohol in an airtight container. If your alcohol is 190 proof add two ounces of water to slightly dilute.
- 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.