Famous artists and writers like Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Gauguin, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Degas and many more enjoyed drinking Absinthe.

Absinthe is a strong alcoholic beveragedistilled at high proof but generally served diluted with iced water or in cocktails. A wine alcohol base used in the making of Absinthe and is flavored with herbs and essential oils including wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), aniseed and fennel. One can also use hyssop, lemon balm, star anise, angelica, juniper, nutmeg, dittany, calamus root and mint in the making of Absinthe.

Information about Absinthe History

Absinthe has a very long and interesting history. Wormwood has been used in medicine since ancient times. In the Swiss town of Couvet in the Val-de-Travers a French doctor, Dr Pierre Ordinaire made Absinthe. Ordinaire used it on his patients as a medicine.

In Couvet Henri-Louis Pernod was using the Absinthe recipe to distill Absinthe and under the name of Pernod Fils in the French town of Pontarlier. It is said that the Pernod company was producing 30,000 liters of Absinthe every day by the middle of the 19th century!

Absinthe was a popular drink in France, in La Belle Epoque, and also many other countries. The French people liked drinking Absinthe more than the wine. At the same time people were attentive about health and the effects of Absinthe. One can also find the liquor to be connected with the Bohemian culture of Montmartre. According to the people’s thought thujone was a psychoactive resulting in psychedelic effects, convulsions, insanity, brain damage and death.

Absinthe was thought to be the cause for Van Gogh’s insanity and his suicide, for the murder of a family and for the rising rate of alcohol abuse in France. Absinthe was unauthorized in the USA and in France in the year 1912 and 1915 respectively. It was also illegal to buy and sell Absinthe in other nations.

Absinthe Revival

During the ban, people either drank Absinthe substitutes, such as Pernod Pastis, or bought bootleg Absinthe. A large number of people were satisfied with the results that came out from the studies and research related to Absinthe.

Research proved that effects of Absinthe was similar to the consumption of other strong alcoholic beverages like whisky and vodka and one cannot be harmed due to the thujone content in Absinthe.

Absinthe with up to 10mg/kg of thujone was legalized in the EU and with 10 ppm in the USA .

France, home of Pernod’s original Absinthestill has a ban on products labeled "Absinthe" and France also strictly regulates drinks containing fenchone, a chemical in fennel which is a key ingredient in Absinthe. In France, Absinthes are famous as "spirit a base de plantes d’absinthe" and should contain up to 5mg per liter of fenchone.

In these times of revival, it is possible to order Absinthe online, buy it in a liquor shop or buy real wormwood Absinthe essences to make your very own Green Fairy - see AbsintheKit.One can get more information about Absinthe essences on AbsintheKit.com. They also sell replica Absinthe glasses and spoonslike a Pontarlier glass and Eiffel Tower spoon.

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