Absinthe Recipe

Kupka “Great Nude” 1909

Josef Archleb (1843 – 1913) founded a famous liquor distillery in Dobruška (a small town in the Hradec Králové Region of the Czech Republic) in 1865. He was the patron of several artists, including Frantisek Kupka, the pioneer of the early abstract art movement and orphic cubism. The painting above is Kupka’s Planes by Colours or Great Nude, circa 1909. Below you will find the Dobruška absinthe recipe.

1. Base

Grande Wormwood : 6 750 g
Pure alcohol 96% : 50 000 ccm
Water : 35 000 ccm

2. Distillate

Anise seed : 9 600 g
Star anise : 400 g
Cinammon :135 g
Grande Wormwood : 1 070 g
Hyssop : 3 210 g
Mace : 67 g
Pure alcohol 96% : 3 000 ccm
Water : 10 000 ccm

Then it is distilled

3. To make absinthe

Base as per point 1 : 60 000 ccm
This much of distillate as 2 : 4 000 ccm
Pure alcohol 96% : 30 000 ccm
Water : 8 000 ccm
Sugar syrup : 2 000 ccm

To be coloured for a light green colour.

Josef Archleb

One response to “Absinthe Recipe

  1. This is an interesting recipe, and more anise-rich than most modern Czech absinthes. Does it come from a published source, or from a private document? Is it dated?

    Thanks by the way for the kind words about the Mystique. It’s not though “relatively low in thujone” – on the contrary, it’s relatively high in thujone, certainly for a naturally distilled absinthe. We don’t disclose the exact level, but it’s not far from the permitted EU maximum of 35mg/l.

    The Czech brands claiming 100mg or higher usually have the thujone artificially boosted by the addition of cedar leaf oil, which is the cheapest bulk source of thujone. Its profile under GC/MS examination is quite different from thujone naturally derived from wormwood.

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