Absinthe is a strong liquor that is commonly between 45 and 75% ABV (alcohol by volume), about two times as strong as other types of alcohol based drinks such as whisky and vodka.
Also referred to as “The Green Fairy” or “La Fee Verte”, Absinthe was the drink connected with La Belle Epoque and Bohemian Paris. It had been presented to French soldiers during the 1840s to take care of malaria and they brought the drink home with them. Absinthe bars opened all over Paris and special Absinthe hours or “L’heure verte” came about daily. Through the middle of the nineteenth century Pernod, distillers of Absinthe, were creating over 30,000 liters of Absinthe each day for the French people to order!
About Absinthe Historical past
Legend says that Dr Pierre Ordinaire created Absinthe in the Swiss town of Couvet during the eighteenth century being an elixir or tonic for his clients. The Absinthe recipe eventually got int the hands of Henri-Louis Pernod who initially distilled Absinthe in Couvet after which later in Pontarlier, France under the name of Pernod Fils.
Pernod made use of a wine base and various other herbs such as common wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed, fennel, lemon balm, hyssop, angelica, dittany, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.
Famous customers of the Green Fairy had been Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Degas, Gauguin, Verlaine and Baudelaire.
Absinthe became more widely used than wine, In France, and the prohibition activity campaigned to have Absinthe banned since:-
– Thujone, in wormwood, was thought to be similar to THC in cannabis and considered to be psychoactive.
– Absinthe was associated with the loose morals of the artists, writers and courtesans of Montmartre.
– Absinthe was believed to have psychedelic effects, to cause hallucinations, convulsions and also to drive people insane.
It was even believed that an Absinthe drinker murdered his whole family – merely the excuse that the prohibition movement were looking for to persuade the authority to ban Absinthe. The buying, selling and use of Absinthe in France was made illicit in France in 1915 also in a number of other countries during this time period.
Many studies have established that Absinthe, including vintage Absinthe, only contains very small quantities of thujone and is completely safe to drink. Absinthe has been legalized in many countries ever since the 1990s and there has been an Absinthe rebirth in many countries, like the USA that have only recently allowed a few brands to go on sale.
About Absinthe Essences
To experience Absinthe, you may either order bottles of Absinthe on the web or you can make your own Absinthe using essences from AbsintheKit.com. These essences are used by the Absinthe industry and are generally made using standard herbal ingredients such as wormwood, aniseed and fennel. Simply mix with either Everclear or vodka to produce your own Absinthe. There are four various kinds of essence available.
With regards to Absinthe Preparation
The proper way to ready Absinthe should be to follow the ritual:-
– Pour 25-50ml Absinthe to an Absinthe translucent glass.
– Rest a slotted Absinthe spoon on top of the glass.
– Put a sugar cube to the spoon.
– Drip iced water on the sugar using an Absinthe fountain or pour slowly and gradually from a carafe.
– View the Absinthe louche.
– Drink your excellent Absinthe drink.
I pray that you’ve now learned about Absinthe, the mysterious drink that has a very interesting past and a great taste.