About the famous “Absinthe”
There is no spirit whose history is more steeped in misconception than absinthe. Throughout its lengthy history, the light green liquor has been blamed for a slew of bad behavior from silly drunkenness to... murder. In spite of the dangerous discourse, this potent but delicious spirit is well overdue for a serious debunking, and a spot on your home bar.
What is Absinthe?
Absinthe is an overproof liquor, meaning it is a spirit whose ABV is over 50%. It is made from medicinal and culinary herbs, plants, and flowers steeped in high-proof spirits. Absinthe is a strongly alcoholic aperitif made from alcohol and distilled herbs or herbal extracts, chief amongst them grand wormwood and green anise, but also almost always including 3 other herbs : petite wormwood, fennel, and hyssop.
The elixir was invented in Switzerland as a general cure-all by Pierre Ordinaire, a French physician, in 1792. Its signature bitter anise flavor comes from a mix of herbs including fennel and most notably, wormwood, or Artemisia absinthium, a bitter herb notorious for both its health benefits and supposed hallucinogenic properties. Served in small quantities, the wormwood properties are totally harmless.
Traditionally, absinthe is not bottled with added sugar, making it a high-proof spirit instead of a sweetened liqueur, which gives absinthe its sharp, harsh flavor.
Absinthe is very popular with mixologists, discover the recipe of the famous cocktail : the Sazerac
PREPARATION : A Sazerac is usually prepared by rinsing a glass with a base of absinthe. Three to four dashes of bitter cocktail are then added to a shot of Rye whisky. The whole is served with or without ice, garnished with a lemon peel.
About Les Fils d'Emile Pernot
Les Fils d'Emile Pernot is a traditional French family distillery from La Cluse-et-Mijoux, founded in 1889 by Émile-Ferdinand Pernot in Pontarlier in Haut-Doubs in Franche-Comté, with absinthe as its flagship product. The wormwood plants are produced locally, macerated for a day in alcohol with a mixture of other plants and then distilled.
A rare and unique alcohol
Only 16 liters of absinthe were produced each day by the 2 alembics of this little distillery.
The magnificent century-old copper alembics used by Pernot for their absinthe distillations were specially designed and built for absinthe distillation, and they are the only stills of their kind in operation anywhere in the world. These stills allow the Pernot distillery to produce absinthes of exceptional quality according to methods unchanged for a century.
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