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March 5th is:
National Absinthe Day and Multiple Personality Day
General Absinthe Background:
Absinthe achieved great popularity as an alcoholic drink in the late 19th and early 20th century France, however, due in part to its association with bohemian culture, absinthe was opposed by social conservatives and prohibitionists and was banned. Now that the prohibition is over, absinthe is making a comeback after 95 years – and taking consumers along for the ride.
In America, there is no better way to experience absinthe than with Lucid Absinthe Supérieure, the first genuine absinthe made with real Grande Wormwood to be legally available in the U.S. Though many consumers are excited to welcome this mysterious and misunderstood spirit back into their home bar and cocktail glass, many do not know how to properly consume it.
* * * Top 5 Facts You Never Knew About Absinthe : * * *
- Absinthe is in fact legal – and has been since 2007. Lucid (and Viridian Spirits) lobbied the US government to lift the 100 year ban and now absinthe is sold in all 50 states.
- Contrary to popular belief, Absinthe doesn’t make you hallucinate. This is a popular absinthe myth and is 100% false. Of course, consuming any spirit (especially one with an extraordinarily high proof) in large quantities will have consequences.
- The Proof – 124. No wonder absinthe is so misunderstood – especially when compared with vodka or rum which is 80 proof. 1 oz of absinthe will certainly have more of an affect than 1 oz of vodka.
- Absinthe should never be lit on fire. The traditional method of preparation involves dripping ice-cold water into a glass of absinthe. A sugar cube can also be placed on a slotted spoon between the absinthe and the dripping water, to sweeten the drink. Lighting a cube on fire is not only dangerous, but it can ruin the wonderful flavor of authentic absinthe.
- Clear absinthe ‘blanche’ or ‘le bleu’ is also an authentic style of absinthe, primarily produced in Switzerland, but differs in that it is a clear spirit and often has a slightly lower alcohol content. When produced authentically, both styles “louche” when cold water is added and use Grande Wormwood, green anise and sweet fennel in their herbal formulations.
Thanks to “A History of Drinking!” website