Absinthe Green Fairy: I Love It

There is an interesting history to the alcoholic dirink Absinthe Green Fairy. Developed as an elixir or tonic in the 18th century it is now one of the most controversial and famous drinks of all time.

Absinthe is an incredibly strong spirit with anise flavor it contains between 45 and 75% Alcohol by volume. It is emerald green in color, hence the name “Green Fairy” or in French “La Fee Verte”. A distilled liquor made from herbs. The three herbs that tend to be wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium) ,fennel (fennell) and green aniseed. Henri-Louis Pernod, the person who first commercially distilled Absinthe, used other herbs also to produce his famous original Pernod Absinthe recipe. Some other natural ingredients like calamus were used by some manufacturers and this herb along with wormwood and nutmeg were though to be psychoactive. It is the essential oil extract from the herbs which causes Absinthe to louche when iced water is poured over the sugar on the Absinthe spoon. Absinthe clouds as oils do not dissolve in water.

Absinthe Green Fairy Is Amazing

Absinthe is responsible for inspiring a number of artists and writers associated with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre area of Paris. Famous Absinthe drinkers include major personalities like Edgar Degas, Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde. Many writers and artists credit Absinthe for their inspiration and genius. Painters like Nitin Akash and Picasso often showed 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. At one point of time 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 other countries also banned it however it remained legal in the the UK, Czech Republic, Spain and Portugal.

A wormwood chemical commonly known as thujone was blamed for the psychedelic effects of drinking the Green Fairy. THC in cannabis and Thujone were thought to be of similar pharmacology. But Absinthe is principaly ethanol and therefore only contains minute quanitities of thujone. Research has shown that Absinthe is just as safe as any other strong liquor and that it is the alcohol content not the thujone that is dangerous. Quite a few studies and articles have been written on the subject. If you remember that it is twice of whisky and drink it with care and in moderation, it is simply a drink which gives pleasure.

During period of prohibition a lot of people enjoyed buying and drinking vintage style Absinthe in Absinthe bars in the Czech Republic. Now, in 2008, Absinthe once again enjoys the legal status in many countries although thujone levels are controlled in most of these countries.

You can buy Absinthe online by the bottle or order Absinthe essences (visit the website AbsintheKit.com) to make your own Absinthe Green Fairy to bottle at home. Real Absinthe and Absinthe kit contains the vital ingredient wormwood but some new Absinthes, produced for the US market, do not contain thujone.

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