Absinthe Green Fairy is an alcoholic drink with an interesting history. Although it was developed as an elixir in the 18th century it is one of the most controversial and well known drinks of everytime.
The strongness of Absinthe lies between 45 and 75% Alcohol by volume. It is named as “Green Fairy” due to it’s emerald green color. It is a distilled liquor made from herbs. The three necessary herbs are wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), fennel (fennell) and green aniseed. Henri-Louis Pernod was the first to commercially distilled Absinthe used other herbs to produce his famous original Pernod Absinthe recipe. The herb calamus was thought to be psychoactive along with wormwood and nutmeg. As soon as the iced water is poured over the sugar on the Absinthe spoon it causes Absinthe to louche. As the oils cannot mix with water so they cause the Absinthe to cloud.
Absinthe Green Fairy and the Art World
Absinthe is famous for inspiring many artists and writers associated with the Bohemian culture of the Montmartre area of Paris. Vincent Van Gough, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Charles Baudelaire, Edgar Degas, Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde come under popular Absinthe drinkers. Absinthe gave inspirations and their genius to various writers and artists. A few paintings are also based on Absinthe and Absinthe drinkers.
Absinthe’s association with old Montmartre, the Moulin Rouge and the Bohemian sect, was only the relieve required by prohibition campaigners. In 1915 the sale of Absinthe was made illegal due to it’s link with the murder of a family and the growing problem of alcohol addiction in France. Many countries banned it but it remained legal in the Czech Republic, the UK, Spain and Portugal.
Wormwood contains the chemical thujone which was blamed for the psychedelic effects of consuming the Green Fairy. According to the belief thujone and THC in cannabis were similar. Absinthe only contains minute quantities 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. Numerous studies and articles have been written on the subject. It can be a drink which gives pleasure if consumed in moderation.
During the time of prohibition many people enjoyed buying and drinking vintage style Absinthe in Absinthe bars in the Czech Republic, served in the classic Absinthe large glassesand in surroundings decorated with vintage Absinthe posters. Absinthe is authorized in most countries although thujone levels are controlled in the EU and the United States only legalize Absinthe with small amounts of thujone.
The website AbsintheKit.com can help a person in getting Absinthe online by the bottle or in placing an order for Absinthe essences.Bottled Absinthe Green Fairy can also be made at home by visiting the site. Thujone is not used in a few new Absinthes that are prepared for the US market.
To get a decadent drink one can mix Absinthe Green Fairy with champagne!