Legendary Originial Absinthe No Longer Banned

Fans and affecionados of specialty boutique and historic liquor will be pleased to know that absinthe, legendary for its supposed hallucinogenic effects, is once again available via internet specialty merchants.

Abinthe is a legendary liquor that has been banned worldwide since the early 20th century. Made famous in 19th century artistic circles, absinthe was well known for the unique, almost hallucinogenic effects on drinkers. This effect is due to absinthe's active ingredient wormwood, a type of specialty herb.

Some of the stories stemming from the late 19th and early 20th century contributed to absinthe's mysterious reputation. Author Ernest Hemingway and painter Vincent Van Gogh were absinthe drinkers, and both reportedly claimed absinthe enhanced their creativity.

In actuality, absinthe was banned worldwide due to poor distilling techniques over 100 years ago. That, and a misconception about the supposed "powers" of absinthe, maintained the ban until it was lifted in 2007.

Absinthe in normally produced in Europe, with Czech absinthe being the most prominent and in our opinion, the best and most original. Absinthe is high in alcohol content, yet many new absinthe drinkers report they remain quite clear headed. Speculation exists that this phenomenon is due to absinthe's unique main ingredients.

Absinthe's main active ingredient, thujone, is found naturally in many flowers and plants. Thujone supposedly creates a pleasant, creative effect when consumed, which may be why there is now a renewed interest in absinthe. There are traditional ways to serve and drink absinthe, most notably a process called louching (pronounced loosh-ing).

Absinthe is traditionally enjoying in the louching method. You'll need a slotted spoon, a small cocktail glass, and a sugar cube. The process is simple. Pour a jigger of absinthe into the cocktail glass. Then, place the sugar cube onto the slotted spoon over the glass, and pour in 6 ounces of ice water. The sugar cube will dissolve into your glass of absinthe.

Watch And Enjoy

Watch what happens as the sugar cube dissolves into the absinthe. If you're using original absinthe, it will change colors into an opaque, cloudy green. Now, hold the glass up to your nose. You'll notice the fragrant aroma of anise and licorice. And now you're ready to enjoy!

When you taste absinthe, you may be reminded of pernod. To me, this is a valid comparison but in my estimation, original absinthe has a somewhat stronger taste as well as a more pronounced feel on the palate.

Specialty liquor conniseurs will enjoy absinthe. Experience a traditional European variety for a true historic cocktail. And if you suddenly gain an artistic flair, so much the better!

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About The Author, Jim Hofman
Original absinthe is known as the King of Spirits, and is now available after a worldwide ban was lifted in 2007. Try a traditional European variety, and visit us for more original absinthe insight, including How To Drink Absinthe .