Absinthe is an anise flavor liquor which is made by distilling alcohol with herbs one of which is wormwood. It is known it is strong and can get you very drunk, but what percentage of alcohol 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 or 136 proof
Doubs Mystique Carte D’Or 65% alcohol by volume or 130 proof
La Clandestine Absinthe 53% abv (106 proof)
Jade Edouard is around 72% alcohol by volume or 144 proof
Sebor 55% abv (110 proof)
Jade Nouvelle Orleans 68% abv is 136 proof
Mari Mayans Collectors 70 is 70% alcohol by volume (140 proof)
La Fee Parisian 68% alcohol by volume is 136 proof
Lucid Absinthe 62% abv (124 proof)
Jade Verte Suisse 65% abv which is 130 proof
Pernod Absinthe 68% abv (136 proof)
Kubler 53 53% abv (106 proof)
Pere Kermanns 60% abv (120 proof)
Jade PF 1901 68% alcohol by volume is 136 proof
La Fee XS Absinthe Suisse is approximately 53% alcohol by volume or 106 proof
Roquette 1797 is 75% abv or 150 proof
La Fee Bohemian 70% abv is 140 proof
Let’s now compare Absinthe to several other beverages:-
Whisky – Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch 40% abv (80 proof)
Absinthe can be up to 75% alcohol by volume (150 proof)
Table Wine 9-12% alcohol by volume (18-24 proof)
Beer is only 4 or 5% alcohol by volume or 8-10 proof
Now, the information on the alcohol.com website worked out if you have 1 shot of Everclear which is 190 proof is equivalent to drinking two.8five beers and about 3 brandies. With this information we can establish that one shot of Absinthe is equivalent to two.2five cans of beer. So, the twenty-two shots of Absinthe is equivalent to forty-nine.5 cans of beer!
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.
When your are making your own Absinthe drink, care needs to always be taken. If you buy an Absinthe kit like Green Devil then you are simply steeping herbs in a neutral alcohol such as Everclear or vodka. Now, Everclear has alcohol by volume of 95% and a proof of 190 so it is much stronger than commercial Absinthe. When you purchase the Absinthekit there are essences from Absinthe.many are mixed with a neutral alcohol such as Everclear or vodka. Your finished Absinthe will be the proof or abv of the neutral alcohol you have used.
What percentage is in Absinthe? For commercial Absinthe just look on the bottle label or if 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.