Ingredients in Authentic Absinthe

Do you know what three herbs are always found in authentic absinthe? This is basic absinthe knowledge that we want every Lucid fan to have.

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Here’s a tough question for you. Do you know what non-essential herbs can be found in absinthe? That means herbs that aren’t required but that add flavor.

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The three herbs that are always found in authentic absinthe are: artemisia absinthium, green anise, and sweet fennel.

slow louche from absinthe fountain

As for non-essential herbs, two of them are hyssop and lemon balm.  They can be found in absinthe but are not required for the absinthe to be authentic. The herbs that are lighter in flavor and aroma are not put in the distillation; they are added after the distillation. That is where absinthe gets additional layers of flavor.


Lucid Creator Ted Breaux on Wormwood, II

Wormwood is a really nice plant, [although] other plants don’t like to grow around it.


Apparently, there was a doctor, a couple hundred years ago, who discovered that if wormwood is distilled, the bitterness stays behind and it still retains some medicinal properties. And that’s where we had the beginnings of absinthe.

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[Editor’s note: Absinthe is traditionally enjoyed as an aperitif. In fact, the wormwood in Lucid Absinthe triggers the release of bile from the gallbladder and other secretions from intestinal glands, which can improve the body’s ability to digest food.]


Artemisia absinthium

Artemisia absinthium, sometimes referred to as grand wormwood, is one of the most important herbs in Lucid Absinthe.

Artemisia absinthium

Lucid’s Artemisia absinthium is grown in France, but the herb does also grow in North America.


Artemisia absinthium has been used since ancient times. In fact, the herb is mentioned seven times in the Old Testament and once in the New Testament.

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Marie Corelli

‘The secret charm of my existence; green as the moon’s light on a forest pool it

glimmers in my glass; eagerly I quaff it, and, as I drink, I dream.’

– Marie Corelli (1855-1924), “Wormwood: A Drama of Paris”

Absinthe inspired many artists and was the muse for poems, plays, short stories, and novels in the 19th century. The
most influential and popular of these was Marie Corelli’s novel “Wormwood”, a lurid Victorian
melodrama that was enormously popular both in the UK, and in the US.

A newly released modern edition of the book can be purchased here.

What inspires you?