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(From Dick's Encyclopedia of Practical Recipes, 1903)

IN a large cask:

1 1/2 lbs large absinthe (A. absinthium)
2 lbs small absinthe
2 1/2 lbs long fennel
2 1/2 lbs star anise
2 1/2 lbs green anise
6 oz coriander
1 lb hyssop

moisten with a little water, allow to swell.
add 12 gals. 95% alcohol, steep 3 days.
add 10 gals. water, steep another day.
Distill. Will produce 15 gals absinthe at 65-70%.
Change the receiver when the distillate turns reddish color.
That part has off flavors..

Color distilled product by steeping 10 or 15 days in

1/2 lb mint
1/4 lb melissa
1/2 lb small absinthe (A. pontica)
2 oz citron peel
1/2 lb bruised liquorice root.
Strain and filter.