Wormwood

Wormwood is comprised of the cut and sifted leaves of Artemisia absinthium.

Primary Use

A bittering agent, and historically a main ingredient for absinthe.

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

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Historical Use

Known as far back as Biblical times, and employed for a variety of medicinal uses (including digestive tonics). Wormwood was the primary ingredient in absinthe, a popular drink from the nineteenth century which is recently making a comeback (though quality of modern absinthes vary widely).

Recipes Using Wormwood

An easy recipe for wormwood tincture: steep 1/2 oz of wormwood in 1 pint of clear high proof liquor (such as Everclear or overproof rum) for 2 days, or to taste. Two weeks is WAY TOO LONG – trust me on this one! Strain the solids, bottle the tincture, and use for any recipes which call for wormwood bitters. (Or add by drops to other bitters that aren’t bitter enough.) Adapted from the directions here.

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On Wikipedia

On WebMD – Although this article incorrectly states that absinthe is illegal in the US.  If you are interested in the technicalities, you can read about the legality question here.


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