Become Familiar With Absinthe Fairy

The Absinthe fairy was used on Absinthe label and posters. Artists and writers used to drink the Green Fairy Absinthe in the film Moulin Rouge which was based on the french Bohemian culture of Montmartre in Paris.

Absinthe Fairy Followers

Famous devotees of La Fee Verte, the Green Fairy, were Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Charles Baudelaire, Paul Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway who created his own Absinthe cocktail “Death in the Afternoon” – a mix of Absinthe and champagne. Many pieces of art of the time feature Absinthe or Absinthe drinkers and writers and artists also said that Absinthe gave them their genius and their inspiration. The Belle Epoque period of history was popular as the hey day for Absinthe.

Herbs and essential oils are used to make Absinthe. The herb wormwood is it’s vital ingredient which is an extract of the plant wormwood or artemisia absinthium. The bitter taste of Absinthe comes from wormwood and it’s anise taste from herbs like aniseed, anise and fennel.

Thujone, a chemical found in wormwood oil, was thought to be psychoactive and to give psychedelic effects, cause hallucinations and eventually insanity. Absinthe was banned in France in 1915 due to the loose morals of the drinkers in Montmartre. It was illegal to buy or sell Absinthe. Many other countries also banned it. Spain, where Absinthe was called Absenta, Portugal, the UK and the Czech Republic never restricted the Green Fairy.

Absinthe Fairy and Prohibition

During the prohibition period, distilleries, such as the Pernod Fils distillery, started producing Absinthe substitutes such as Pernod Pastis to market to the people who were missing the anise flavor of Absinthe. Ricard was also used in place of Absinthe.

Bootleg absinthe was still distilled and sold in many countries which meant that the distilling of Absinthe has never been lost.

Although Absinthe was made legal in many countries in the 1990s but in Switzerland it was legalized in 2005. You can now buy Absinthe and Absinthe essence kits online along with Absinthiana such as glasses, spoons and fountains. One can add to the Absinthe preparation ritual by drinking it out of a special antique or replica glass with a proper spoon.

As per studies the thujone content in Absinthe is very less so it was not restricted in many countries. Absinthe is much higher in alcohol than other spirits such as whisky and vodka but was never designed to drink neat. It should be mixed with iced water which allows you to enjoy La Louche – the clouding that happens when the water mixes with the alcohol.

By purchasing real wormwood Absinthe from the websites a person can prepare his own bottled