Information about Absinthe

The Drink Absinthe

Absinthe is a uniquely strong liquor which is generally between 45 and 75% ABV (alcohol by volume), about twice as strong as other types of alcoholic beverages such as whisky and vodka.

Often known as “The Green Fairy” , Absinthe was the drink associated with La Belle Epoque and Bohemian Paris. It was first given to French soldiers in the 1840s to treat malaria and they bought the drink home with them. Absinthe bars began opening all over Paris and special Absinthe hours or “L’heure verte” took place daily. By the middle of the 19th century, distiller Pernod, who were the distillers of Absinthe, were making over 30,000 liters of Absinthe everyday for the French people to buy!

About the Drink Absinthe History of Absinthe

Legend says that Dr Pierre Ordinaire created Absinthe in the town of Couvet in the 18th century as a tonic for his patients. The Absinthe recipe got into the hands of Henri-Louis Pernod who first distilled the drink in Couvet and later in Pontarlier, France un the name of Pernod Fils.

Pernod used a wine base and various herbs including common wormwood (artemisia absinthium), aniseed, fennel, lemon balm, hyssop, angelica, dittany, star anise, nutmeg and juniper.

Famous drinkers of the Green Fairy were Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Degas, Gauguin, Verlaine and Baudelaire.

When Absinthe became more popular than wine, in France, the prohibition movement campaigned to get Absinthe banned because:-

– Thujone, in wormwood, was thought to be similar to THC in cannabis and thought to be psychoactive.
– Absinthe was linked with the loose morals of the artists and courtesans of Montmartre.
– Absinthe was thought to have psychedelic effects, to cause convulsions and to drive people insane.

It was even claimed that an Absinthe drinker murdered his whole family – which was just the excuse that the prohibition movement were looking for to persuade the government to ban Absinthe. The selling, buying and consumption of Absinthe in France was made illegal in France in 1915 and in many other countries around this same time.

Many studies have shown that Absinthe, including vintage Absinthe, only contains very small amounts of thujone and is safe to drink. Legalized in most all countries since the 1990s, there has been an Absinthe revival in many countries, including the USA which has recently allowed a few brands to be marketed and sold.

The Drink Absinthe About Essences in Absinthe

To enjoy Absinthe, you can either order bottles of Absinthe online or you can make your own Absinthe using essences from These essences are used by the Absinthe industry and are made using traditional herbal ingredients such as fennel, aniseed and wormwood. To make your own Absinthe, mix with either Everclear or vodka. There are four types of essence available.

Preparation of Absinthe

The proper way to prepare Absinthe is to follow a ritural:-

– Pour 25- 50 ml of Absinthe into an glass.
– Slotted Absinthe spoon may be rested on top of the glass.
– A sugar cube is put on the spoon.
– Drip iced water over the sugar using an Absinthe fountain or pour very slowly from a carafe.
– Watch for the Absinthe louche.
– Now drink your wonderful Absinthe drink.

I hope you have now learned all about Absinthe, the mysterious drink with a very interesting past and a great taste.