The end results of Absinthe are notorious. Ask anyone regarding Absinthe and they’ll remember Absinthe as being the green liquor that has been famously banned all over the world as it drove men and women to insanity. A number of these individuals have never tried Asbinthe and cannot comment therefore.
Absinthe was initially developed being an elixir or tonic by a doctor in the Swiss area of Couvet. Dr Ordinaire made it out of a wide range of herbs better known for their medicinal components. 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 also dittany. Other manufacturers used various kinds of herbs in combination with Pernod’s recipe, herbs just like calamus root and mint.
The Green Fairy, or Absinthe, was presented to French soldiers in the 1840s to help remedy malaria and have become popular with the troops who brought it back along 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 an essential part of the satisfaction of drinking Absinthe. Absinthe was provided in bars in unique Absinthe glasses through an Absinthe spoon, a sugar cube and ice cold water. The barman or waiter would use a carafe or fountain to drip the water on the sugar on the spoon and the buyer would watch the Absinthe louche as the water mixed with the liquor.
Absinthe grew to become a popular drink among the artists and writers of the Bohemian portion of Paris – Montmartre. Artists and writers, such as Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Degas, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Oscar Wilde and Gauguin, all believed that Absinthe gave them their genius and creativity. Absinthe and Absinthe drinkers are showcased in several works of art like Albert Maignan’s “Green Muse” from 1895 displaying 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 being a “clear headed” or “lucid” drunkenness and this could be because Absinthe contains both sedatives and also stimulants.
Effects of Absinthe and the Ban
Absinthe was famously restricted in France in 1915 and lots of other countries around the world also banned it. The prohibition campaigners had managed to persuade the French government that Absinthe will bring about the country’s demise and that extented drinking of Absinthe, Absinthism, caused the next effects:-
– Hyper excitability
– Weakening of the intellect
– Brain damage
– Lack of control
The chemical thujone, found in one of the vital ingredients of absinthe, wormwood, was thought to be like THC inside the drug cannabis. Thujone was purported to be a neurotoxin, to be psychoactive also to result in psychedelic effects. The wormwood in Absinthe was held accountable for Van Gogh’s suicide and then for a man murdering his family.
Many studies have demostrated that thujone has to be consumed in large amounts to cause such awful effects so when Ted Breaux, Absinthe manufacturer and creator of the “Lucid” brand, screened bottles of vintage pre-ban Absinthe he learned that Absinthe only was comprised of minute levels of thujone. Absinthe has consequently been legalized in many countries now.
Absinthe is mainly alcohol and it’s an incredibly strong spirit, about twice as strong as other kinds of spirits just like whisky and vodka. It might therefore be virtually impossible to ingest a large amount of thujone as you would not be capable to consume a whole lot of alcohol and still have the capacity to drink!
The results of Absinthe are really just stories, part of the myth and legend that encompasses this glorious drink. Try a few yourself by ordering a bottle of real wormwood Absinthe on the net or by making your own personal by making use of Absinthe essences via AbsintheKit.com.