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 the proof?
Here are the alcohol by volume levels of popular brands of Absinthe:-
La Fee XS Absinthe Francaise 68% abv (136 proof)
Doubs Mystique Carte D’Or 65% abv or 130 proof
La Clandestine Absinthe 53% abv (106 proof)
Jade Edouard is around 72% alcohol by volume or 144 proof
Sebor is 55% abv or 110 proof
Jade Nouvelle Orleans 68% alcohol by volume (136 proof)
Mari Mayans Collectors 70 is 70% abv (140 proof)
La Fee Parisian 68% alcohol by volume is 136 proof
Lucid Absinthe 62% abv (124 proof)
Jade Verte Suisse 65% abv (130 proof)
Pernod Absinthe is 68% abv or 136 proof
Kuber 53 is 53% alcohol or 106 proof
Pere Kermanns 60% alcohol by volume or 120 proof
Jade PF 1901 68% abv is 136 proof
La Fee XS Absinthe Suisse 53% abv (106 proof)
Roquette 1797 75% abv (150 proof)
La Fee Bohemian 70% alcohol by volume (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)
Now, the alcohol-information.com website worked out if you have 1 shot of Everclear which is 190 proof is equivalent to drinking two.85 beers and about 3 brandies. This information establishs that one shot of Absinthe is equivalent to two.2five bottles of beer. So, the twenty-two shots of Absinthe is equivalent to forty-nine.5 bottles of beer!
As you can see, Absinthe is much stronger than wine and beer and even stronger than whisky. We therefore need to be careful when consuming Absinthe, not because it will make us have hallucinations, or any other psychedelic effects, but because it is strong and intoxicates quickly. We need to take particular care when mixing Absinthe with other alcoholic drinks in cocktails.
Care should also be taken when making your own homemade Absinthe drink. If you buy an Absinthe kit from Green Devil then you are steeping herbs in a neutral alcohol such as vodka or Everclear. Everclear has an abv of 95% and a proof of 190 so it is much stronger than commercial Absinthe. The absinthekit has absinthe essences.some have been 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 used.
What % is in Absinthe? For commercial Absinthe 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.