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  • 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
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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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