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What ingredients are in absinthe?

Do I need sugar, a spoon, and a fountain to drink absinthe?

While it is traditional to drink absinthe with sugar through a spoon and under a traditional water fountain, also known as an absinthe fountain, it is absolutely not necessary.

Because of the high quality grape ethanol that we use, our absinthe doesn’t need sugar! While many people like adding sugar, we have made our absinthe with the highest quality ingredients to ensure a well crafted and delicious absinthe. There is no bitter harsh flavor that you will need to mask with sugar.

Our absinthe is naturally smooth and sweet, with no artificial flavors or colors, and it is entirely gluten and sugar free! It is even vegan!

We have over 100 absinthe cocktail recipes here.

Is Absinthia Organic Absinthe Gluten Free?

Yes, Absinthia Organic Absinthe is gluten free!

We start with the best grapes, biodynamic and organic, create a clear high proof ethanol, and let our organic botanicals – artemesia absinthium (grande wormwood), anise, fennel, and coriander – rest in them. Then we distill. We bottle that as our blanche. For our verte, the distilled clear absinthe is soaked in herbs and strained and bottled.

That is it! No sugar, no gluten, no grains, nothing not grown organically. In fact, this absinthe is not only organic but vegan, if that is important to you.

Absinthe herbs

In order to be a true absinthe, it must contain grande wormwood, anise, and fennel. It must also be distilled, not artificially colored or sweetened, and not have any herbs floating. Absinthia Organic Absinthe meets these requirements. Our blanche simply uses grande wormwood, anise, fennel, and coriander, based on vintage Swiss recipes.

Below is a list of common herbs that can be used to make absinthe. The principal herbs or botanicals are grande wormwood, green anise, and fennel. Botanicals such as petite wormwood, hyssop and melissa give absinthe its green color. Many of the herbs used to make absinthe can be cultivated in climates that are similar to that of the Mediterranean.

Latin: Artemisia absinthium. It is a member of the daisy family Compositae (Asteraceae).
Is is also called grande wormwood or common wormwood.
Use: Source of thujone and absinthe’s bitterness.
Green Anise
Latin: Pimpinella anisum. It is a member of the Apiaceae family.
It is also called aniseed.
Use: Gives absinthe its licorice flavor. Counters absinthe bitterness. Helps to promote the absinthe louche.
Latin: Foeniculum vulgare. It is a member of the Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) family.
Use: Give absinthe its fennel and licorice flavor. Helps to counters absinthe bitterness. Helps promote the absinthe louche.
Latin: Coriandrum sativum – It is an annual herb in the Apiaceae family.
Use: Gives absinthe a citrus spiciness.
Latin: Angelica archangelica (or A. litoralis) It is a member of the Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) family.
Use: Counters absinthe bitterness.
Latin: Hyssopus officinalis – It is a member of the Lamiaceae (Mint) family.
Use: Adds freshness, and produces the green color common in most absinthe.
Star Anise
Latin: Illicuim verum (also Illicuim floridanum and several other species) – It is a member of the magnolia family, Magnoiliaceae (also Illiaceae).
Use: Counters absinthe bitterness, enhances the louche.
Latin: Mentha x piperita – It is a member of the Lamiaceae (Mint) family.
Use: Adds minty freshness, and produces a vibrant green color if used to color absinthe.
Very easy groundcover to cultivate. It can become quite invasive in the garden if left alone.
Latin: Inula Heleniumis – It is a perennial composite plant common in many parts of Great Britain. It is also called horse-heal or marchalan.
Use: It adds a camphoraceous aroma and adds a pungent and bitter taste to adsinthe.
Latin: Origanum dictamnus – It is a member of the Lamiaceae (Mint) family
Use: Provides a sweet-herbal taste with hints of sage and peppermint.
Easy to grow, the same genus as oregano.
Petite Wormwood
Latin: Artemisia pontica.
Also known as Roman Wormwood or small wormwood.
Use: Wormwood aromatic, mild bitterness and for coloring absinthe green.
Latin: Hyssopus officinalis – It is a member of the Lamiaceae (Mint) family.
Use: Adds freshness. Typically used for coloring absinthe green.
Lemon Balm
Latin: Melissa officinalis – It is a member of the Lamiaceae (Mint) family.
Use: Used to add a lemon/citrus flavor and for coloring absinthe green.

What is absinthe made of?

Absinthe is historically described as a distilled, highly alcoholic beverage (45–74% ABV / 90–148 U.S. proof). It is an anise-flavoured spirit derived from botanicals, including the flowers and leaves of Artemisia absinthium (“grand wormwood”), together with green anise, sweet fennel, and other medicinal and culinary herbs.