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Legendary Originial Absinthe No Longer Banned

Jan 17, 2008
If you're a fan of legendary specialty liquors, you'll be please to know that original absinthe, know for its unique effects on imbibers, is now available via specialty online suppliers.

Absinthe is a deep green, high proof, rather mysterious liquor made famous, or perhaps infamous, in 19th century artistic and literary circles. Absinthe itself is distilled with the herb grande wormwood, whose active ingredient thujone is purported to have hallucinogenic properties.

Absinthe's banning may or may not have stemmed from exaggerated accounts of its hallucinogenic properties, but it was a preferred drink of many famous authors and artists, including Vincent Van Gogh and Ernest Hemingway. Van Gogh was supposedly accompanied by an empty bottle of absinthe when he sliced off his ear in order to gain the attention of an estranged lover. Meanwhile, Hemingway frequently noted that absinthe seemed to enhance his creativity and passion for writing.

Whether these accounts were true or not, original absinthe was banned worldwide. It is suggested the real reason for the ban was poor distilling technique and various distilling problems, which were common in the early 20th century. Either way, the ban has now been lifted and original absinthe is now available in limited quantities.

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

As the sugar cube dissolves into the absinthe, you'll see the absinthe change colors into a cloudy, opaque green. When this happens, hold the glass to your nose and inhale through your nose. You'll notice the fragrant smell of licorice and anise, while the alcohol content is gently reduced by the sugar cube.

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.

Absinthe is an historic, traditional cocktail that is just now resurfacing due to the absinthe ban being lifted in 2007. Try a European variety to experience the taste and tradition. Who knows, abinthe may even bring out your creative talent!
About the Author
Original absinthe is kcurrentlyn as the King of Spirits, and is currently available since the worldwide ban was lifted in 2007. Experience a traditional European variety, and visit us for more original absinthe insight, including How To Drink Absinthe .
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