What I Wish Everyone Knew About Absinthe

Absinthe has many nicknames like “The green fairy, The green goddess.” Absinthe is the spirit that contains the highest amount of alcohol by volume, 45-74%. It should be diluted with water prior to being consumed. Due to high amount of alcohol, absinthe is often known as a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug and hallucinogen. Thujone present in absinthe is blamed for this. Even, absinthe was banned in many countries like the United States and France, the Netherlands, Belgium.

Myth and truth about Absinthe :

Absinthe available in the market is not real. 

This depends upon the country you are buying from and also on the vendor. Absinthe is made of Artemisia absinthium, AKA grande wormwood, the herb that gives the concoction its name and its flavor. In some market like EU, India absinthe is contaminated with flavored vodka and green dye posing as absinthe. In fact, a good way to visually test absinthe is to have a look at the color once you’ve added some water. Green colour will turn cloudy upon slowly adding water. If you have absinthe that stays Midori-green after adding water, that’s probably more artificial colors at play than actual botanicals.

Absinthe is hallucinogenic.

This one is the longest standing myths about absinthe. To increase the sale of absinthe, rumour was spread. But the fact is that it’s no more likely to make you see things than vodka, whiskey or tequila but in the higher side due to alcohol content. It’s a strong drink.

Absinthe is banned.

The answer depends upon where you live. Absinthe was banned in US till 2007. You can totally buy absinthe in the US or EU countries if you pass the legal age of buying alcohol. I have many store in Paris has absinthe. But, the EU has a thujone limit of 35 mg per liter.  Some say it was banned because of its hallucinogenic properties. In reality, it was “cheap, adulterated versions of the drink” sold by unscrupulous manufacturers, not unlike bathtub gin during Prohibition, that caused problems.

Absinthe should be served with a flaming sugar cube.

You’ll never find any description, image, or painting from the past showing a flaming sugar cube. This myth is a more recent concoction. In Eastern Europe, artificially green colored vodkas were being marketed and sold as absinthe. Since these products don’t louche, they “had to create theatrics to hide it.”

**Drink Responsibly. A person should be of legal age to consume alcohol. Do not drink and drive.

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