There is an interesting history to the alcoholic dirink Absinthe Green Fairy. Developed as an elixir or tonic in the 18th century it is now one of the most controversial and famous drinks of all time.
Absinthe is an anise flavored spirit characteristically strong and contains 45 to 75% Alcohol by volume. The name "Green Fairy" or in French "La Fee Verte" is primarily due to its emerald green colour. It is a distilled liquor produced from herbs. The three main herbs tend to be wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), green aniseed and fennel (fennell). Henri-Louis Pernod, The man who first commercially distilled Absinthe, used other herbs such as nutmeg, juniper,hyssop, lemon balm, veronica, star anise and dittany to make Pernod Absinthe recipe. Other herbs such as the herb calamus in association with wormwood and nutmeg were used by some manufacturers who though this combination to be psychoactive. It is the essential oil extract from the herbs which causes Absinthe to louche when iced water is poured over the sugar on the Absinthe spoon. The oils are water insoluble and so cause the Absinthe to louche.
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Absinthe is responsible for inspiring a number of artists and writers associated with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre area of Paris. Absinthe drinkers of repute are Vincent Van Gough, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Charles Baudelaire, Edgar Degas, Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde. A number of writers and artists were convinced that Absinthe was behind their inspiration and it also gave them their genius. Painters like Nitin Akash and Picasso often showed Absinthe and Absinthe drinkers in their paintings.
Absinthe’s association with the Moulin Rouge and the Bohemian sect, was a major boost prohibition campaigners needed. At one point of time it was linked with the murder of a family and the growing problem of alcohol addiction in France it was easy for campaigners to get the sale of Absinthe made illegal and it was banned in France in 1915. Other countries of the world also banned it but Czech Republic, the UK, Spain and Portugal allowed its sale in their country.
The chemical thujone, present in wormwood, was blamed for the psychedelic effects of drinking the Green Fairy. Thujone was thought give effects like THC in cannabis. However Absinthe is mainly alcohol, ethanol, and therefore only has minute quantities of thujone. Research has shown that Absinthe is just as safe as any other strong liquor and that it is the alcohol content not the thujone that is dangerous. A lot of studies and articles have been written on the subject. If you remember that it is about twice as strong as vodka or whisky and drink it with care and in moderation, it is simply a drink which gives pleasure.
At the time of Bann many people enjoyed buying and drinking vintage style Absinthe in Absinthe bars in the Czech Republic, served in the classic Absinthe large glasses and in surroundings decorated with vintage Absinthe posters. Now, in 2008, Absinthe is legal in many countries however thujone levels are restricted in most countries.
You can buy Absinthe online by the bottle or order Absinthe essences (visit the website AbsintheKit.com) to make your own Absinthe Green Fairy to bottle at home. Real Absinthe and Absinthe essences contain the vital ingredient wormwood but some new Absinthes, produced for the US market, do not contain thujone.
Absinthe Green Fairy is a delicious spirit to mix with champagne for a truly refreshing drink!
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