Absinthe is a very strong liquor which is between 45 and 75% ABV (alcohol by volume), about twice as strong as other types of alcoholic beverages such as whisky and vodka.

Otherwise known as "The Green Fairy" Absinthe was the drink associated with Bohemian Paris. It was first given to French soldiers in the 1840s to treat malaria and they bought the drink home with them. Special Absinthe bars opened over Paris and Absinthe hours or “L’heure verte” took place daily. In the middle of the 19th century pernod, who were the distillers of Absinthe, were making almost 30,000 liters of Absinthe every day to be sold to the French people!

About Absinthe About the History of Absinthe

Legend says that Dr Pierre Ordinaire created Absinthe in the Swiss town of Couvet in the 18th century as an elixir or tonic for his patients. The recipte for Absinthe come into the hands of Henri-Louis Pernod who first distilled the drink in Couvet and then alter in Pontarlier, France under the name of Pernod Fils.

Distillers Pernod used a wine base and various herbs including common wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed, fennel, lemon balm, hyssop, angelica, dittany, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.

Among known drinkers of the Green Fairy were Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Degas, Gauguin, Verlaine and Baudelaire.

When Absinthe became more popular than wine, in France, the prohibition movement campaigned to get Absinthe banned because:-

– Wormwood contains Thujone, thought to be similar to THC in cannabis and thought to be psychoactive.
– Absinthe was linked with the loose morals of the artistic types and courtesans of Montmartre.
– Absinthe was thought to cause hallucinations, convulsions and to drive people insane.

After it was claimed that an Absinthe drinker murdered his whole family - this excuse was used by the prohibition movement were looking for to persuade the government to ban Absinthe. The buying, selling and consumption of Absinthe in France was made illegal in France in 1915 and in several other countries around this time.

Many studies have shown that Absinthe, including vintage Absinthe, only contains extremely small amounts of thujone and is perfectly safe to drink. Legalized in most all countries since the 1990s, there has been an Absinthe revival in many countries, including the USA which has recently allowed a few brands to be marketed and sold.

About the Drink Absinthe Essences

To enjoy Absinthe, you can either order bottles of Absinthe online or you can make your own Absinthe using essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are used by the Absinthe industry and are made using traditional herbs such as wormwood, fennal and aniseed. To make your own Absinthe, simple mix with Everclear or vodka. There are approximately four types of essence available.

The Prepartion of Absinthe

The proper way to prepare Absinthe is to follow a ritural:-

– Pour between 25 – to ml of Absinthe into an Absinthe glass.
– Rest the unqiue Absinthe’s slotted spoon on the top of the glass.
– A sugar cube is put on the spoon.
– Drip iced water over sugar using an Absinthe fountain or pour slowly from a carafe.
– Look for the Absinthe louche.
– Now drink your Absinthe drink.

I hope you have now learned all about Absinthe, the mysterious drink with a very interesting past and a great taste.

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