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  • waljaco
    Here are 2 edited wormwood recipes from The Complete Distiller by Ambrose Cooper, 1757 for those interested in early absinthes. Wormwood Water (the lesser
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 5, 2008
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      Here are 2 edited wormwood recipes from "The Complete Distiller" by
      Ambrose Cooper, 1757 for those interested in early absinthes.

      Wormwood Water (the lesser composition)

      175g dried wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
      10g cardamom seeds
      35g coriander seeds
      4l neutral alcohol (55%abv)

      Add 500ml water and distil 4l. It can be sweetened to taste.

      "This is a good Stomachic and Carminative;"


      Wormwood Water (the greater composition)

      360g dried common wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
      360g dried sea wormwood (Artemisia maritima)
      3tbsp. sage
      3tbsp. mint
      3tbsp. lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
      7g galingale (Alpinia officinarum)
      7g ginger
      7g sweet flag (Acorus calamus)
      7g elecampane (Inula helenium)
      7g fennel seeds
      7g coriander seeds
      4.5g cinnamon
      4.5g cloves
      4.5g nutmeg
      4.5g cardamom
      4.5g cubeb pepper (Piper cubeba)
      4l neutral alcohol (55%abv)

      Macerate crushed botanicals for 2 days, add 500ml water and distil 4l.

      "This is an excellent composition, and good in all diseases of the
      stomach arising either from wind or bad digestion. It is greatly in
      use in some parts of England, but comes too dear for the common sort
      of people; on which account a Cordial Water is often sold under the
      title of the greater composition of Wormwood Water; drawn from the
      leaves of wormwood, orange and lemon peel, calamus aromaticus,
      pimento, and the seeds of anise and caraway; which being cheap
      ingredients, the composition may be sold at a moderate price. A Water
      drawn in this manner is a good carminative; but far inferior to that
      made by the above recipe."

      wal
    • waljaco
      The 1757 Wormwood Water (the greater composition) evolved over a 100 year span from the recipe in Culpeper s The Complete Herbal ,1653. An edited version
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 7, 2008
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        The 1757 Wormwood Water (the greater composition) evolved over a 100
        year span from the recipe in Culpeper's 'The Complete Herbal',1653. An
        edited version Culpeper's recipe is at -
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Distillers/message/13100
        The 20l wash would give the equivalent of 4l neutral alcohol (55%abv).
        wal

        --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "waljaco" <waljaco@...> wrote:
        >
        > Here are 2 edited wormwood recipes from "The Complete Distiller" by
        > Ambrose Cooper, 1757 for those interested in early absinthes.
        >
        > Wormwood Water (the lesser composition)
        >
        > 175g dried wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
        > 10g cardamom seeds
        > 35g coriander seeds
        > 4l neutral alcohol (55%abv)
        >
        > Add 500ml water and distil 4l. It can be sweetened to taste.
        >
        > "This is a good Stomachic and Carminative;"
        >
        >
        > Wormwood Water (the greater composition)
        >
        > 360g dried common wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
        > 360g dried sea wormwood (Artemisia maritima)
        > 3tbsp. sage
        > 3tbsp. mint
        > 3tbsp. lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
        > 7g galingale (Alpinia officinarum)
        > 7g ginger
        > 7g sweet flag (Acorus calamus)
        > 7g elecampane (Inula helenium)
        > 7g fennel seeds
        > 7g coriander seeds
        > 4.5g cinnamon
        > 4.5g cloves
        > 4.5g nutmeg
        > 4.5g cardamom
        > 4.5g cubeb pepper (Piper cubeba)
        > 4l neutral alcohol (55%abv)
        >
        > Macerate crushed botanicals for 2 days, add 500ml water and distil 4l.
        >
        > "This is an excellent composition, and good in all diseases of the
        > stomach arising either from wind or bad digestion. It is greatly in
        > use in some parts of England, but comes too dear for the common sort
        > of people; on which account a Cordial Water is often sold under the
        > title of the greater composition of Wormwood Water; drawn from the
        > leaves of wormwood, orange and lemon peel, calamus aromaticus,
        > pimento, and the seeds of anise and caraway; which being cheap
        > ingredients, the composition may be sold at a moderate price. A Water
        > drawn in this manner is a good carminative; but far inferior to that
        > made by the above recipe."
        >
        > wal
        >
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