Yesterday, Cindy presented me with a bottle of Absinthe. This lore-laden potion has an incredible history---filled with tales of extra-sensory experiences, other-worldly bad trips and warnings of ghostly premonitions.
Absinthe is a distilled, highly alcoholic (45%---74%) beverage. It is an anise flavored spirit derived from herbs, including the flowers and leaves of Artemisia Absinthium, or "Grande Wormwood", together with green anise and sweet fennel.
Absinthe achieved its greatest popularity in late 19th and early 20th century France, especially among writers and artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Charles Baudelaire and many others.
Absinthe has been portrayed as a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug. By 1915, it was banned in the United States and most of Europe. By 1995, it had been removed as a banned substance in most countries, recognizing that it is no more dangerous than ordinary alcoholic beverages.
The partaking of absinthe is often a fun, ritual-filled event involving specially made spoons and drinking glasses, sugar cubes and cold water for preparation. Enjoy!
|Prepared in a Special Glass, With Special Spoon, Sugar Cube and Cold Water|