All About Absinthe

Absinthe had been the favorite drink of several popular artists and writers.

Absinthe is a strong alcoholic beveragedistilled at high proof but generally served diluted with iced water or in cocktails. Absinthe liquor is usually made from a wine alcohol base and is flavored with herbs and essential oils including wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), aniseed and fennel. One can also use hyssop, lemon balm, star anise, angelica, juniper, nutmeg, dittany, calamus root and mint in the making of Absinthe.

Information about Absinthe History

Absinthe has a very long and interesting history. Wormwood has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. A French doctor, Dr Pierre Ordinaire created Absinthe in the Swiss town of Couvet in the Val-de-Travers. It was used on the patients as an elixir which gave astonishing results.

By the turn of the 19th century, Henri-Louis Pernod was using the Absinthe recipe to distill Absinthe in Couvet and then the French town of Pontarlier, under the name of Pernod Fils. The Pernod company used to manufacture upto 30,000 liters of Absinthe each day!

Along with France, La Belle Epoque Absinthe was also famous in several other countries. Absinthe became the favorite drink of the French people. There were concerns about health and the effects of Absinthe simultaneously. The Bohemian culture of Montmartre was combined with the liquor. People started believing that thujone caused psychedelic effects, convulsions, insanity, brain damage and death.

Van Gogh’s madness and his suicide, a man killing his family and the rising rate of alcohol abuse in France all had been caused due to Absinthe. Buying and selling of Absinthe was illegal in the USA and in France. It was also illegal to buy and sell Absinthe in other nations.

Absinthe Revival

During the ban, people either drank Absinthe substitutes, such as Pernod Pastis, or bought bootleg Absinthe. Most of the people were convinced with the reports given by studies and research about Absinthe.

According to the studies the danger of Absinthe was similar to the other strong drinks.

The EU legalized Absinthe with up to 10mg/kg of thujone in the late 20th century and in 2007 the USA legalized certain brands of Absinthe which contained up to 10 ppm of thujone .

France, home of Pernod’s original Absinthestill has a ban on products labeled “Absinthe” and France also strictly regulates drinks containing fenchone, a chemical in fennel which is a key ingredient in Absinthe. Absinthe containing only up to 5mg per liter of fenchone is allowed in France.

Absinthe is now available from various for further information about Absinthe essences. They also sell replica Absinthe glasses and spoonslike a Pontarlier glass and Eiffel Tower spoon.