Lemon Balm Eau-de-Vie Recipe
Lemon Balm Eau-de-Vie
Total time: less than 15 minutes
Difficulty: Requires a certain dexterity
Chef's Note
The famous lemon balm water sold by the Carmelites in Paris was once claimed to dispel lethargy and epilepsy, vapors and the colic. The alcohol, produced by distilling fresh leaves, was reputed also to cure the fainting spells of the tightly-corseted ladies of the court who had to stand for hours in overheated rooms.

Now this ancient recipe is no longer a secret!
Let macerate for 10 days
- 1 liter (4 cups) alcohol, 40%
- 30 g (1 oz.)
- 80 g (3 oz.) lemon zest
- 5 g (1 tsp.) angelica
Strain and add
- 20 g (2/3 oz.) coriander seed
- 40 g (1 1/2 oz.) cinnamon
- 10 g (2 tsp.) nutmeg
- 4 cloves
Strain again, bottle and let age for a week before serving.
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