It’s March 5 and National Absinthe Day is celebrated in various countries to mark the day when the ban of Absinthe was lifted.

Absinthe selection from the former Absinthe bar, ABV in Jupiter

Known as The Green Fairy, it is rumored to have hallucinogenic effects and had a bad reputation for causing madness, seizures, and violent behaviors during the olden times.

Emile Pernot Vieux Pontarlier Absinthe

Anise, fennel, wormwood, and various flowers and herbs are the ingredients in making Absinthe. The ingredients are soaked in alcohol and then distilled. The result produces a green drink that has a strong licorice note and a high alcohol content.

In the 19th century, Absinthe was the go-to drink of famous writers and artists which includes Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and Oscar Wilde.

There are various vessels used to serve Absinthe, but it is often served with ice, a sugar cube placed on a special spoon over the glass and water poured over the sugar. Mixologists also play with the green liquor and use it in various cocktail recipes like Sazerac (rye whiskey, a sugar cube, Peychaud’s Bitters, and absinthe) and Corpse Reviver #2 (gin, Lillet Blanc, Cointreau, lemon juice, and absinthe).

The sugar cube dissolves on a perforated spoon which adds sweetness to the watered down Absinthe
Collectible Absinthe vessels and perforated spoons

This forbidden elixir has since been legalized, but its reputation lingers, making it the bad boy in the liquor cabinet that everyone wants to try.

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