Absinthe is an anise flavor liquor which is made by distilling alcohol with herbs one of which is wormwood and aniseed. We know it is strong and can get you drunk easily, but what percentage is Absinthe and what is its proof?
Let’s look at the alcohol by volume levels of popular brands of Absinthe:-
La Fee XS Absinthe Francaise 68% alcohol by volume (136 proof)
Doubs Mystique Carte D’Or 65% alcohol by volume or 130 proof
La Clandestine Absinthe is 53% alcohol by volume (106 proof)
Jade Edouard 72% alcohol by volume or 144 proof
Sebor is 55% alcohol by volume or 110 proof
Jade Nouvelle Orleans 68% abv (136 proof)
Mari Mayans Collectors 70 is 70% abv is 140 proof
La Fee Parisian which 68% alcohol by volume (136 proof)
Lucid Absinthe 62% abv (124 proof)
Jade Verte Suisse 65% abv or 130 proof
Pernod Absinthe 68% abv (136 proof)
Kubler 53 53% abv (106 proof)
Pere Kermanns is 60% abv or 120 proof
Jade PF 1901 68% abv (136 proof)
La Fee XS Absinthe Suisse 53% abv (106 proof)
Roquette 1797 75% alcohol by volume (150 proof)
La Fee Bohemian 70% abv (140 proof)
Let’s now compare Absinthe to other beverages:-
Whisky such as Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof)
Absinthe can be 75% alcohol by volume and up to 150 proof
Table Wine 9-12% abv is 18-24 proof
Beer tends to be 4 or 5% alcohol by volume (8-10 proof)
The alcohol-information.com website worked out if you have 1 shot of Everclear which is 190 proof is equivalent to drinking two.85 bottles of beer and about 3 brandies. This information establishs that one shot of Absinthe is equivalent to two.25 bottles of beer. So, 22 shots of Absinthe is equivalent to 49.five beers!
As you can see, Absinthe is much stronger than types of fermented drinks such as wine and beer. Care needs to be used when consuming Absinthe because it is so strong and will intoxicate quickly. We need to take particular care when mixing Absinthe with other alcoholic drinks in cocktails.
Care needs to always be taken when your are making your own Absinthe drink. If you buy an Absinthe kit from someone like Green Devil then you are simply steeping herbs in a neutral alcohol such as Everclear or vodka. Now, Everclear has an abv of 95% and a proof of 190 so it is much stronger than commercial Absinthe. In the Absinthekit are Absinthe essences.com also have to be mixed with a neutral alcohol such as Everclear or vodka. Your finished Absinthe will be whatever the proof or abv of the neutral alcohol you have used.
In Absinthe what is the percentage? For commercial Absinthe just look on the bottle label or, if you are ordering online, look at the product details for abv or proof. If you are making your own Absinthe from a kit, you need to look at the bottle of Everclear or vodka that you are using.