Everything About Absinthe Green Fairy

Absinthe Green Fairy is an alcoholic drink with an interesting history. Although it was developed as an elixir in the 18th century it is one of the most controversial and well known drinks of everytime.

Absinthe is incredibly strong between 45 and 75% Alcohol by volume. Because of it’s emerald green color it is known as “Green Fairy” or as “La Fee Verte” in French. Herbs are used in the making of this distilled liquor. The common herbs tend to be wormwood, green aniseed and fennel. For producing famous original Pernod Absinthe recipe Henri-Louis Pernod used herbs like hyssop, lemon balm, nutmeg, juniper, veronica, star anise and dittany. Other ingredients such as the herb calamus were used by some manufacturers and this herb along with wormwood and nutmeg were though to be psychoactive. Because of the essential oil extract Absinthe louche when iced water is poured over the sugar on the Absinthe spoon. As the oils cannot mix with water so they cause the Absinthe to cloud.

Absinthe Green Fairy and the Art World

Absinthe is famous for inspiring many artists and writers associated with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre area of Paris. A few well known Absinthe drinkers are Vincent Van Gough, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Charles Baudelaire, Edgar Degas, Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde. Absinthe gave inspirations and their genius to various writers and artists. Painters like Van Gogh and Picasso even featured Absinthe and Absinthe drinkers in their paintings.

Absinthe’s association with old Montmartre, the Moulin Rouge and the Bohemian sect, was just the excuse that prohibition campaigners needed. Once it was linked with the murder of a family and the growing problem of alcohol addiction in France it was easy for campaigners to get the sale of Absinthe made illegal and it was banned in France in 1915. Many countries banned it but it remained legal in the Czech Republic, the UK, Spain and Portugal.

People believed that the chemical thujone was responsible for the psychedelic effects of drinking the Green Fairy. Thujone was thought to be similar to THC in cannabis. Although Absinthe is mainly alcohol and ethanol but it also contains minute amount of thujone. A person can have the risk from the alcohol content in Absinthe and not from the thujone. Many studies and articles have been written on the subject. It should be drunk in appropriate quantity because it is approximately twice as strong as vodka or whisky.

During the time of prohibition many people enjoyed buying and drinking vintage style Absinthe in Absinthe bars in the Czech Republic, served in the classic Absinthe large glassesand in surroundings decorated with vintage Absinthe posters. Today Absinthe is legal in many countries with controlled thujone levels and the United States only allows Absinthe with decent quantity of thujone.

Internet is the best way of getting Absinthe by the bottle or for ordering Absinthe essences.Bottled Absinthe Green Fairy can also be made at home by visiting the site. Thujone is not used in a few new Absinthes that are prepared for the US market.

Absinthe Green Fairy is a delicious spirit which can be used in cocktails – mix with champagne for a truly dissolute drink!