The end results of Absinthe are well known. Ask anyone regarding Absinthe and they can remember Absinthe as being the green liquor which was notoriously banned around the world mainly because it drove individuals to insanity. Several of these folks have never tried Asbinthe and cannot comment from personal experience.
Absinthe was originally developed as being an elixir or tonic by a doctor in the Swiss town of Couvet. Dr Ordinaire managed to make it out of a selection of herbs known for their medicinal attributes. His recipe finally got into the hands of Henri-Louis Pernod who produced Absinthe from a wine base and added in herbal ingredients like aniseed, wormwood, hyssop, fennel, star anise, angelica root, lemon balm, nutmeg, juniper and dittany. Some other manufacturers used several types of herbs in addition to Pernod’s recipe, herbs such as calamus root and mint.
The Green Fairy, or Absinthe, was handed to French soldiers in the 1840s to deal with malaria and have become favored by the troops who brought it home with them where it grew quite popular in bars in France. A number of bars even had Absinthe hours – L’heure vert – the green hour.
The Absinthe Ritual was a significant part of the pleasure of drinking Absinthe. Absinthe was offered in bars in unique Absinthe glasses with an Absinthe spoon, a sugar cube and iced water. The barman or waiter would use a carafe or fountain to drip the water above the sugar on the spoon and the buyer would look at the Absinthe louche as the water combined with the liquor.
Absinthe evolved into a popular drink amongst the artists and writers of the Bohemian portion of Paris – Montmartre. Artists and writers, like Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Degas, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Oscar Wilde and also Gauguin, all reported that Absinthe gave them their genius and creativity. Absinthe and Absinthe drinkers are highlighted in several artwork just like Albert Maignan’s “Green Muse” from 1895 showing an Absinthe drinker that has a fairy (the green fairy) and Degas’ “L’Absinthe” from 1876.
Oscar Wilde had written “After the first glass of Absinthe you see things as you wish they were. After the second you see them as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.”
Others have described the effects of drinking Absinthe as a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness and this could be because Absinthe consists of both sedatives and also stimulants.
Effects of Absinthe as well as the Prohibition
Absinthe was notoriously banned in France in 1915 and several other countries around the globe also banned it. The prohibition campaigners had managed to convince the French government that Absinthe would bring about the country’s downfall and that prolonged drinking of Absinthe, Absinthism, caused the subsequent effects:-
– Super excitability
– Decline of the intellect
– Brain injury
The chemical thujone, present in one of several vital ingredients of absinthe, wormwood, was thought to be like THC within the drug cannabis. Thujone was purported to be a neurotoxin, to be psychoactive and to result in psychedelic effects. The wormwood in Absinthe was blamed for Van Gogh’s suicide and then for a man murdering his family.
Many studies have indicated that thujone has to be consumed in huge amounts to cause such nasty effects and when Ted Breaux, Absinthe manufacturer and creator of the “Lucid” brand, tested bottles of vintage pre-ban Absinthe he learned that Absinthe only was comprised of minute quantities of thujone. Absinthe has thus been legalized in several countries now.
Absinthe is principally alcohol and is particularly an extremely strong spirit, about twice as strong as other sorts of spirits such as whisky and vodka. It would therefore be virtually impossible to ingest a large amount of thujone as you wouldn’t be able to consume a whole lot of alcohol and still be able to drink!
The consequences of Absinthe really are just stories, part of the myth and legend that encompasses this glorious drink. Try quite a few yourself by ordering a bottle of real wormwood Absinthe on the net or by making your own personal through the use of Absinthe essences via AbsintheKit.com.